Friday, December 26, 2008
Saint Stephen, Protomartyr
Sederunt principes, et adversum me loquebantur.
Below are some excerpted commentaries on Acts 7 for this Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr:
"Therefore to strengthen the blessed martyr's endurance the doors of the heavenly kingdom are opened and, so that the innocent man being stoned may not stumble to the ground, the crucified God-man appears crowned in heaven." (Bede, 86)
"The Lord too, who 'chose' us 'out of the world' for his heavenly kingdom and glory, suffered outside the gate, Like Stephen, who, as though he were a stranger to the world, was stoned outside the city. For he had no permanent city here, but with his whole heart he sought the city to come." (Bede, 87)
"And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.' He did this to show them he is not perishing and also to teach them." (Chrysostom, 87)
(Source: ACCS, NT, V, 86-7)