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.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Stephen the First Martyr”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2016. Web. 18 January 2017. <>