Comments: St Stephen

"Poor St Stephen, not only the first martyr to Christ but also the first martyr to Christmas, his feast day lost as most clergy enjoy their first decent day off for ages and even the most avid churchgoer feels sated after Carols, Christingle, Crib Service, Midnight Mass and Christmas morning Eucharist."

Oh, whose fault is all that, then? Either his day is a holy day for the church or it isn't. We'll be in church to make right and proper observance of his feast day.

Posted by Scott Knitter at Monday, 26 December 2011 at 3:35am GMT

"Driven by Stephen’s words to attack the new Christian communities, he will find that his efforts to bolster his religious orthodoxy through ever greater degrees of aggression have backfired."

- David Walker -

'Religious Orthodoxy' sometimes does get pretty aggressive. One just needs to look at the effect of the inclusion of Women and LGBTs in the Church, to see the protesters of their own 'orthodoxy' at work in the Anglican Communion, even today.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 26 December 2011 at 9:57am GMT

Any idiot can die for his faith. Living for it is the important thing. No wonder so many view Christianity as a cult of death - you have to just about stop the sun to be a saint, but die at the right place and time and BAM! you're holy, holy, holy.

Posted by MarkBrunson at Tuesday, 27 December 2011 at 4:55am GMT
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