Readings for the Day
The Feast of St. Stephen
Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60
Collect for the Day
We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Sonnet for St. Stephen’s Day
when it comes time for me to say goodbye
and take my leave from those I dearly love,
i pray that you would grant to my heart’s eye
a reassuring glimpse of christ above,
standing by your throne with arms stretched wide
to speak your peace, to dry my falling tears,
reminding me of why he lived and died
and rose again to banish our worst fears.
or do you grant such favors to a few
whose faces shine like heaven’s angels bright
whose spiritual wisdom keeps them true —
are these the only saints who see that light?
here in my weakness i would ask for grace
and that consoling vision of your face.