Tarek El Mahaba October Magazine - Page 42

Saint Stephen "Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people." (Acts 6:8) Saint Stephen is the first martyr in Christianity. He is also one of the first seven deacons chosen by the apostles after the Ascension of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ as it was mentioned in the Book of Acts. Stephen, which means crown, was one of the seventy disciples of the Lord Jesus. Our beautiful church remembers and celebrates the Feast of the translocation of the Saint Stephen’s body every year on Tout 15th. There is another commemoration for this great saint on Toba 1st for his martyrdom. Saint Stephen was so faithful to the Lord God and, by God’s power, performed 42 many miracles. By God’s grace, Saint Stephen converted many people to Christianity. He defeated the Jews when they confronted and disputed him. They were unable to withstand his wisdom. So, they accused him with blasphemy against Moses and against God. They dragged the saint outside the city and stoned him to death. God was pleased to glorify His name by miracles brought through the intercession of His martyr. Many Christians are named after Archdeacon Saint Stephen. May the intercessions of Saint be upon us forever. May the Lord God help all of us to Hold onto His life- giving commandments to have a share and an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven.