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The 12 Days of Christmas - The Feast of Saint Stephen Dec 26, 2021

Stephen is considered one of the first deacons of the Church, anointed to minister to widows on behalf of Jesus's apostles (Acts 6:1-6). He was also the first martyr; he was stoned to death as Saul (later Paul) oversaw the ordeal (Acts 7:54-60). Stephen proclaimed the gospel, and during his stoning he saw a vision of Jesus standing at God's right hand.

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As I look to the New Year - 2022 - I reflect on past years and remember using The Book of Common Prayer to pray for my church family as we navigated changing pastors and Covid. The Liturgical Calendar is a comfort to me, mostly because I know my ancestors followed it and I pray those who come after me will recognize the church calendar by events they remember celebrating with grandma and grandpa.

Today I write the Prayer of Saint Stephen from The Book of Common Prayer.

We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who…

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