St Stephen, the First Martyr, Feast Day ‑ Orthodox
|Event Name||St Stephen, the First Martyr, Feast Day - Orthodox|
|Start Date||26th Dec 2017 12:00am|
Stephen or Stephan (Latin: Stephanus, meaning wreath or crowned, often given as a title rather than as a name), traditionally venerated as the Protomartyr or first martyr of Christianity, was according to the Acts of the Apostles a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem who aroused the enmity of members of various synagogues by his teachings. Accused of blasphemy, at his trial he made a long speech denouncing the Jewish authorities who were sitting in judgment on him and was then stoned to death. His martyrdom was witnessed by Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee who would later himself become a follower of Jesus.