Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
26th December 2012
Gracious Father,

who gave the first martyr Stephen grace to pray for those who took up stones against him:

grant that in all our sufferings for truth we may learn to love even our enemies and to seek forgiveness for those who desire our hurt, looking up to heaven to him who was crucified for us,

Jesus Christ, our mediator and advocate,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



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