When:
December 26, 2019 all-day
2019-12-26T00:00:00-04:00
2019-12-27T00:00:00-04:00

Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr

Red

Principal Service
2 Chronicles 24.20-22
Psalm 119.161-168
Acts 7.51-60
Matthew 10.17-22

(or)
Acts 7.51-60
Psalm 119.161-168
Galatians 2.16b-20
Matthew 10.17-22

Third Service
Jeremiah 26.12-15
Acts 6
Morning Psalms
Psalms 13, 31.1-8, 150

Second Service
Genesis 4.1-10
Matthew 23.34-39
Evening Psalms
Psalms 57, 86

Collect

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 the 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.

Post Communion

Merciful Lord,
we thank you for the signs of your mercy
revealed in birth and death:
save us by the coming of your Son,
and give us joy in honouring Stephen,
first martyr of the new Israel;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.