54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:50-60
May the unfailing intercessions of the Glorious First Martyr of the Holy Orthodox Church Archdeacon St. Stephen and St Gregory the Confessor Holy Patriarch and Illuminator of Armenia come to the aid of all our brethren that are being persecuted for the sake of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,the first born from the dead and the ruler over the kings of the earth. amen.
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