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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