Most of the world, it seems, knows today as Boxing Day–the day set aside from all the other days of the year to take part in the rituals of consumerism (at added benefit!). The Church, however, takes this day to remember Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian faith. We remember today the significance of witness. Let us pray:
I 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.
– From Phyllis Tickle’s Divine Hours
Go in peace.