Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Saint Stephen Protomartyr Challenges the Jews
And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. ... And they crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him. ... And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. ... And they stoned Stephen, invoking, and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. ...  And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. And Saul was consenting to his death.