Acts of the Apostles 6:8-10.7:54-59.
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the
Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of
Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated
but they could not withstand the wisdom
and the spirit with which he spoke.
When they heard
this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him.
But he, filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of
But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their
ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out
of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man
As they were stoning Stephen, he called
out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
Incline your ear to
me; make haste to rescue me! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to save me.
incline your ear to me; make haste to rescue me! Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to save me.
You are my rock and my
fortress; for your name's sake lead and guide me.
your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, LORD, faithful God.
I will rejoice and be glad
in your love, once you have seen my misery, observed my distress.
I will rejoice and be glad in your love, once you have seen my misery, observed my
My times are in your hands; rescue me from my
enemies, from the hands of my pursuers.
My times are in
your hands; rescue me from my enemies, from the hands of my pursuers.
Let your face shine on your
servant; save me in your kindness.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according
to Saint Matthew 10:17-22.
But beware of people,
for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness
before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over, do
not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what
you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak but
the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and
have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of
my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.