2007December26, Wednesday

Revised Liturgy: Collect for St. Stephen’s Day

Posted in Worship at 10:51 by Trey Austin

The note explaining the celebration of St. Stephen’s Day is as follows in the liturgy:

[The Festival of St. Stephen, the first martyr, is celebrated on the first day after Christmas, to symbolize the idea that the terrestrial birth of our Saviour is immediately followed by the death, that is, the celestial birth, of His martyrs.]

As we honor on this day, O Lord God, the memory of Thy blessed martyr, St. Stephen; grant unto us grace, we beseech Thee, to follow his faith and charity; that however sorely tried by the contradiction of sinners, we may be able, like him, to look steadfastly up into heaven, and to commend even our enemies to the pardoning mercy of our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ: to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

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