Stephen’s Martyrdom

July 21, 2017

Stephen’s Martyrdom

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 7, 54 – 60:

When the Jews heard what Stephen had said, 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, and he said, “Behold, I see the
heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
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 young man
named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud
voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”, and when he said
this, he fell asleep.

It has been a while since I wrote these messages. I had a friend
living  with me and each evening we went out so I had no time to
write. Now that he is gone, I hope I will write these more often. I
thank all those who send me names to put into the Book of Remembrance.
I keep busy offering Masses for these people every week. You know that
I will pray for them for a full year.

Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father
Melvin. This now is the message I received.

“I bless you My brother Melvin and all those who believe in Me and pray every day and love to go to Church at least every Sunday.
Above you find the martyrdom of Stephen which is taken from the Bible.
Stephen was a man of great faith and he was appointed deacon by the
Apostles. He was not afraid to tell the truth to the Jews but they did
not want to listen to it. Instead they cried aloud against him and at
the end they grabbed him and took him out of the city. Once outside
the city, they began to stone him. Some of them placed their cloaks at
the feet of a man called Saul, who later became a Christian under the
name of Paul and he became a great saint and he is known as Saint Paul
who was martyred in Rome. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out
saying, “Lord Jesus receive my spirit.” He then fell on his knees and
prayed again saying, “Lord,do not hold this against them.” After these
words he died.
Stephen is a great example for us. His faith was really perfect and he
had no fear of being killed. He is now in heaven and he is praying for
all of us. Let us all every day called on the many martyrs of the
church to pray for us so we too may never loose our faith. May the
Lord bless you all.”

Father Melvin

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