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December 26th St. Steven Proto Martyr Dominican Rite and Chant

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One day after the birth of Christ, December 25th, The Church Militant in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass honors Steven Deacon and the first Martyr of the Church. The French have a saying, "The more it changes the more it remains the same".  St. Luke is the author of the Infancy Narrative and the Acts of the Apostles, the salvation history of the Apostolic Church.  The Ukrainian Church has the tradition of dressing the Christ Child in the manger in funeral attire. God so loved the world that he sent His only begotten Son into the world not to condemn it but to save it. First Deacon and Martyr Steven is the incarnation of the Word acting as the Mystical Body the Church preaching the Good News to the "so-called Synagogue of Freedmen". And in immitation of Christ suffering death for the forgiveness of sins of those who killed him (Saul of Tarsus being one) and dying as a martyr of love for enemies in seeking the salvation of souls.

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