The Martyrdom of St. Stephen


On a trip to Spain we took a picture in the Prado of this Renaissance painting of St. Stephen. In honor of my great-great grandfather, great-grandfather, father, and brother, who are all named Stephen, I am posting the photo here.

St. Stephen was one of many Catholic saints who were martyred in the early days of Christendom. He died in 35 A.D. Most of what we know about his life is from the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament of the Bible. He was appointed by the apostles to look after the distribution of alms to the faithful and was known to be full of faith and wisdom. He was said to have the face of an angel (like my brother Stephen). His life is celebrated on the Feast of Stephen, the day after Christmas.

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