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What did Saint Stephen do?

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June 23, 2011 9:23PM

Stephen was one of the original group of deacons chosen by the apostles. He was stoned to death for being a Christian.
Saint Steven was one of the seven men, who, during the time when the church had recently come to be known, attended to the distribution of aid among elderly widows in the church community (this later role later became known as Deacon). He was known for his evangelical skills and was well known for preaching the teachings of Jesus to the people of Jerusalem. The Acts of the Apostles tells us about Saint Steven and how in the end he was accused of blasphemy against God and speaking against the church and law, and was eventually stoned to death by an angry mob. It is said in act (8:1) "Saul entirely approved of putting him to death". As Saint Steven lay dieing he was recorded as saying "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." (Acts 7:56) Saint Steven's feast day is celebrated on the 26th of December, the day after Christmas. He is the patron Saint of Alter servers and the guild for alter servers is named after him, "The Guild of Saint Steven". He was also the first Christian martyr and his dead was the panicle for the brutal oppression that many Christian followers likewise suffered.