St. Stephen’s martyrdom is celebrated on December 26. He is the first martyr of the Church and is remembered for blessing his persecutors as they killed him for his faith. His example gives us the courage to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the face of adversity. 

Prayer of the Day
We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of Stephen the first martyr, who looked to heaven and prayed for his persecutors. Grant that we also may pray for our enemies and seek forgiveness for those who hurt us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

References
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lectionary
https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Worship/Lectionary

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