Saint StephenSaint Stephen
was one of the first seven deacons chosen by the early church in the Acts of the Apostles
, and is widely regarded to be the first martyr
, earning him the title "protomartyr". Stephen's beliefs led to his being tried for blasphemy
by the Sanhedrin
, and he was stoned to death.
His feast day, St. Stephen's Day, is celebrated on December 26 in the West, and on December 27 in the East.