The Feast of Stephen

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Today is the feast of St. Stephen, deacon and martyr.

Folks think of deacon’s work as charity, but that was certainly not the case according to Acts.  The office of deacon was created as a ministry of social justice to overcome racial inequality and ensure a just distribution of resources.  The apostles thought this work was so important, they created a separate ordained office.  Stephen also became known as a great teacher and healer.  According to the Book of Common Prayer, part of the deacon’s job is to “interpret to the church the needs of the world.”

St. Stephen’s life ended with him becoming a victim of religious intolerance and an example of nonviolent resistance.  He practiced what he preached to the end.

2 thoughts on “The Feast of Stephen

  1. Of all the words in the English language, I think Charity is, among most, in need of revisiting, reviving and encompassing into our lives. We tend to think of charity as solely a practice rather than a virtue. I am thankful that we can be reminded of this important virtue through individuals like St. Stephen.

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