St. Stephen, the Protomartyr

First Century

Chosen as one of the 7 deacons mentioned in Acts of the Apostles

Called the Protomartyr, the first martyr of the Church

He was martyred by stoning

Saul of Tarsus was present at his stoning; Saul goes on to be converted to Christianity and is better known as Paul, the greatest missionary in Christian history

Like Jesus, Stephen prayed that his killers would be forgiven by God

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