Saint Stephen: First Christian Martyr

And Stephen full of grace and fortitude
Did wonders great among the multitude
But from the Hellenistic synagogues
Disputants challeng’d the great pedagogue†
“Stiff-neck’d race”, said he, “for e’er ye resist
The Holy Ghost, thlaw of angels ye twist.”
At hearing that they gnashed their teeth at him
And they fell violently upon him,
Carried him off to a place where him they ston’d
Felled, he cried as our Lord himself condon’d
“Lord, lay not this sin to their charge”; and died
He  thfirst Christian martyr was sanctified
Douglass Bartley
For December 26, 2013—Published December 28, 2013

† “Pedagogue” is used in the sense of teacher, for Stephen was a great teacher as is shown in his discourse in Acts 7 described as “a long recital of the mercies of God towards Israel during its long history and of the ungratefulness by which, throughout, Israel repaid these mercies. This discourse contained many things unpleasant to Jewish ears . . . .”

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