Book of Saints – Stephen the First Martyr

detail of the oil on oak painting 'Etienne Chevalier with Saint Stephen'; by Jean Fouquet, c.1454; Royal Museum of Fine Arts. Antwerp, Belgium; photographed on 18 April 2014 by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Martyr (Saint) (December 26) (1st century) The disciple chosen by the Apostles, “full of Faith and the Holy Ghost,” as first of the seven deacons (Acts 6:1-5), and who was also the first of Christian Martyrs. He was stoned to death (A.D. 33) by Jews (Acts 7:58). His body was recovered, together with those of Saints Nicodemus, Gamaliel and Abibo, early in the fifth century>; and on that account a second Feast of Saint Stephen is kept annually on August 3.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Stephen the First Martyr”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2016. Web. 22 October 2016. <>