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Slava Sveti Stefan




When St. Stefan? - The Passion of St. Stephen's happened a year after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, that same year, when the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. St. Stephen was the first Christian who died for God and therefore is called the first martyr.



Datum: 9. januar

Sv Arhidjakon Stefan



Orthodox Church, the second day of Christmas, the prayer recalls the Holy martyr - Archdeacon.

Stefan was a Jew, and a member of the part of the Jewish people who lived in the Greek area and spoke the Greek language. He is related to the Apostle Paul, who at the time of Stefan's martyrdom has not yet realized the truth of Christ's teachings.

The Passion of St. Stephen's happened a year after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, that same year, when the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. St. Stephen was the first Christian who died for God and therefore is called the first martyr. His martyrdom earthquake described in the pages of the New Testament.

St. Stephen the Archdeacon called because it was the first of the seven deacons who were Apostles set up at the service of the poor in Jerusalem.

According to the biblical witness, the Holy Archdeacon was, like the Twelve Apostles, inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit. He did many miracles, helping people and all that his good deeds are mentioned in the Scriptures of the New Testament. In the first year of suffering and the Ascension of Christ, St. Stephen's immense power of their faith, their words and deeds recalling the words of the law and the prophets of the Old Testament, the Jews argued with their compatriots, they really have killed the Messiah, awaited so many centuries. Therefore, it is among his fellows had many enemies, but they are still winning their clear and truthful words. Since they could not otherwise prevent him from preaching resorted to, with the help of false witness, slander that he had blasphemed against God and Moses, just as happened with Jesus Christ. Thus, the National Spiritual strešine against St. Stephen's people rebelled. Like Christ, Stephen was falsely accused and arrested. After the arrest, trial ensued.

At the trial of Sveti Stefan is determined and reasonably refuted one by one, slander of false witnesses. Exhibited clearly and with great respect, the whole history of Israel from Abraham, who first received the promise of the coming of the Messiah to Moses, he spoke of with great reverence and respect. But the truth of the Messiah was further angered the priests and people's polavare. In this boiling point, Archdeacon Stephen looked at the sky and he saw revealed to all present, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God." It's all his infuriated judges and Archdeacon Stephen brought out of the city and killed stones.

Among those present was the torturers and Stefan's cousin Saul, who later repented sincerely, realized the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, received his teaching and holy baptism, and the rest of his life preaching the ground, as the Apostle Paul, Gospel truth, spreading the word of Christ founding of the church community.

And that day, when Jews stoned Archdeacon, stood afar off, at an elevation Virgin Mary with St John the Theologian, watching the martyrdom of the first martyr for the truth of her son and prayed fervently to God for his soul.

Saint Stephen was the first martyr suffered, which he suffered in the present day, in more than 30 years. His last words were, "Lord, do not Include them this sin."

Therefore bezpogovornog example of martyrdom and suffering, Archdeacon gave and still gives an example to all Christians. His example best explains the words of the "blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church."

The body of St. Stephen took Gamaliel a secret Christian and buried on his property. A little less than four centuries after, 415 years, his remains were found in the area north of Jerusalem, and 2 August transferred to the temple built in Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter, during the reign of Emperor Theodosius II the Younger (408-450), have been transferred to Constantinople.

The icons are a deacon in a suit, holding a censer in his right hand, and laid the book left - Gospel, leaning on the chest and the book are three stones symbolizing the way he suffered.

The second menu is the three-way cirkā (trikirije) and burning wax candle in his left hand. Often, its icon is located at the gates of the iconostasis, the southern or northern.


Prologue from Ohrid

A relative of the Apostle Paul, a Hebrew of those Jews who dwelt in the areas jelinskim. Stefan was the first of the seven deacons whom the Apostles St. ordained for the service of the poor in Jerusalem.

That's why I called the Archdeacon. Power of his faith Stephen worked wonders among the people. The wicked Jews disputed with him, but were still confounded by his wisdom and power of the Spirit, who through him.

Then confounded the Jews used to calumny and defamation, and stirred up the people, and elders of the people against the innocent Stephen, slandering him as if he had blasphemed against God and Moses. Quickly they found false witnesses who reassured.

Then Stefan stood before the nation, and all saw his face "as the face of an angel" (Acts 6:15), that is, his face was radiant light of grace as the face of Moses when he talked with God. Stephen opened his mouth and izređa works and marvels of God, that God had done in the past, the People of Israel and the many crimes and opposition to God by that nation. In particular, they denounced the murder of Christ the Lord, calling them "betrayers and murderers" (Acts 7:12).

And while they ground their teeth, Stephen looked and saw heaven opened, and the glory of God. And you see, he spoke to the Jews, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God" (Acts 7,56). Then the malicious men outside the city and stoned him to death. Among his murderers was his kinsman Saul, later the Apostle Paul.

At the time, standing in the distance on a rock at Saint Mary and St John the Theologian and the martyrdom of this first martyr for the truth of her Son and God, praying to God for Stefan.

This happened in the year after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. The body of Saint Stephen taken secretly and buried on his own land Gamaliel Jewish prince and a secret Christian. So glorious end this first of Christian martyrs and entered into the Kingdom of Christ our God.



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