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Saint Stephen has Ascended and become One with His Beloved Mighty I AM Presence in the Victory of the Ascension. Beloved Saint Stephen is now an Ascended Master - a part of the Ascended Host of Light. (3)
First Christian Martyr
"There is good reason to believe that Saint Stephen was one of the seventy-two disciples of our blessed Lord. After the Ascension he was chosen one of the seven deacons. The ministry of the seven was very fruitful; but Stephen especially, 'full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people.' Many adversaries rose up to dispute with him, but 'they were not able to withstand the Wisdom and the Spirit that spoke.' At length he was brought before the Sanhedrin, charged, like his Divine Master, with blasphemy against Moses and against God. He boldly upbraided the chief priests with their hard-hearted resistance to the Holy Ghost and with the murder of the 'Just One.' They were stung with anger, and gnashed their teeth against him. But when, filled with the Holy Ghost and looking up to heaven, he cried out, 'Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of man standing at the Right Hand of God,' they rushed upon him, and dragging him forth without the city, they stoned him to death."
"If ever you are tempted to resentment, pray from your heart for him who has offended you."
Butler's Lives of the Saints (1)
- Butler, Rev. Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints, complete edition, Herbert Thurston, S.J., and Donald Attwater, eds. (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1962; "Saint Stephen" (feast day, December 26) page 63
- Butler, Rev. Alban One Hundred Saints, (Bulfinch Press, 1995), pages 62 - 63
- Feast of Saint Stephen, 8-cassette album (A7906) (The Summit Lighthouse ®) Copyright © 1980 Church Universal and Triumphant ®
- Top of page: Saint Stephen in a detail from The Stoning of St. Stephen by Pietro da Cortona, 1660, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia; from the book One Hundred Saints, page 62
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