The Saint of the month for December is St. Stephen. St. Stephen’s story is told in the New Testament in the Acts of the Apostles. As the church grew in number and needs, it became impossible for the Apostles to continue preaching the word of Jesus and care for the needs of the members of the church. Thus, the Apostles chose St. Stephen, along with 6 other holy and virtuous men, to be the first deacons of the Christian Church. As a deacon St. Stephen, was in charge of ensuring that the Hellenistic or Greek widows got the food that they needed. He is considered to be the first Christian martyr. Stephen was condemned for violating Jewish law after an argument with members of a Jewish synagogue in the year 36 AD. After St. Stephen was condemned, he was stoned to death. He never lost faith in Jesus and while he was being stoned Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”60 Then he fell on his knees and prayed for the people stoning him, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Following these words, Stephen died, in the Lord. He is the patron saint of Deacons, altar servers, horses, headaches, bricklayers & stonemasons. Today, Western Christians annually celebrate “St. Stephen’s Day” on his feast day December 26.