Feast of St. Stephanos, the Proto-Martyr.

Thursday January 7, 2021

The restrictions because of Corona are still applicable.

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On Thursday January 7 we will celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen, the Proto-Deacon and Martyr.
Divine Liturgy will start around 9.00 am.

We read about St. Stephen in the book of Acts of the Apostles in the chapters 6 and 7.
St. Stephen preached about Christ, and was “full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people”. Many people became believers, but there was also resistance against the Good News.
Lies were told about St. Stephen, even though he was doing good things only.
He was taken to the Sanhedrin, the Jewish council and court at that time, and accused of blasphemy.
In Acts 7 St. Stephens famous speech is written down. St. Stephen told about God’s work with His people, starting at Abraham to Moses  When St. Stephen then looked at the sky, he saw God’s glory, and Jesus Christ standing on His right hand side- and he told those present in the Sanhedrin, what he saw.

The members of the Sanhedrin and those present became furious, dragged him outside the city, and started to kill him by throwing stones.
As he was being stoned, St. Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He knelt down and cried with a loud voice, “ Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

St. Stephen is an example for all believers, and for the Deacons of the Church in particular.
St. Stephen’s Feast presents us the Christian value of self-giving, service for the community, and forgiveness.

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