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St. Stephen
Polittico del 1476, s. stefano.jpg
Saint Stephan by Carlo Crivelli
Deacon and protomartyr
Born AD 5
Died AD 34 (aged 29)
Jerusalem, Judaea, Roman Empire
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Catholic Churches
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox Churches
Assyrian Church of the East
Anglican Communion
Feast 25 December (Armenian Christianity)
26 December (Western)
27 December (Eastern)
Tobi 1 (Coptic Christianity)
Attributes Red Martyr, stones, dalmatic, censer, miniature church, Gospel Book, martyr's palm frond. In Eastern Christianity he often wears an orarion
Patronage Altar Servers [1];Acoma Indian Pueblo; casket makers; Cetona, Italy; deacons; headaches; horses; Kessel, Belgium; masons; Owensboro, Kentucky; Passau, Germany; Dodoma, Tanzania; Serbia; Republic of Srpska; Prato, Italy [2]

Saint Stephen (Greek: Στέφανος/Stephanos) is known as the first martyr of Christianity.

Therefore he is also called the Protomartyr (Greek: Πρωτομάρτυρας/Protomartyras). He is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as in the Eastern Orthodox Church. His feast day was historically kept on August 3. His name means 'laurel wreath' or 'crown' in Greek. His death is described in the Book of Acts, and is remembered on the Feast of St. Stephen, December 26.

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