BEST SELLING SAINT STEPHEN STATUE
Is your parish blessed by the presence and service of a devoted deacon? Deacons serve parishes and
communities in invaluable, tangible ways and support our very busy priests. Thank your deacon with
a quality Saint Stephen statue!
Acts of the Apostles records the process of how the designation of Deacon came to be (Acts 6:1-5).
The Apostles were committed to spreading the Gospel unceasingly; at the same time, there were
widows and orphans who needed material assistance. The Twelve elected Stephen and six other men
to serve the needy in the community so that the Apostles could continue evangelizing. Like Jesus
before him, Stephen ignited the anger of Jews in the area with his powerful sermons, and they
dragged him before the Sanhedrin with the charge of blasphemy. The vengeful crowd stoned Stephen
to death, making him the first Christian martyr. He died a holy death, calling for the Lord's
mercy on his murderers. Stephen reminds us to be courageous in both preaching the Gospel as well
as in accepting persecution for our preaching.
St. Stephen is the patron saint of deacons, and his feast day is December 26.