Wednesday, December 27, 2017

on the 3rd day of Christmas- Magnify Him in the feast of Proto-martyr Deacon & Saint Stephen

Aflame with divine desire from childhood, You took up Christ’s yoke, O wise Stephen. You sowed the good seed in a hardened people grown old in unbelief and gave birth to them in the Gospel. Celebrating your memory, we pray to you: Entreat him whom you proclaimed that our souls may be saved!
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You were found to be a hierarch to those who sought you not. You freed your people from idols and brought them to faith in Christ. Therefore the faithful hymn you with thanksgiving, crying: Rejoice, O wise teacher Stephen!

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