St. Stephen

St. Stephen

A deacon and proto-martyr of the Church.  All we know of his life is contained in the Acts of the Apostles where he was stoned for blasphemy without a formal trial as he saw a vision of Christ at God’s right hand.  The so-called witnesses place their garments (in order not to get them soiled, or perhaps to give a more free arm for stoning at the feet of a young onlooker, Saul whom we now know as Paul, the apostle of the gentiles, who, in those days was vehemently opposed to this threat to his Jewish religion to the extent that he obtained letters from the synagogue in Jerusalem giving him power and authority to arrest and bring to trial anyone whom he found professing Christianity, which was the reason that when he converted to the faith, everyone was afraid to believe him as genuine.

Picture: Stoning of Saint Stephen by Paolo Uccello

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