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First Antiphon for Morning Prayer on the Feast of Saint Stephen: "Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father." As Saint Stephen died for Christ, so may we live for him whose cross brings us life eternal!
On this first day in the Octave of Christmas, Catholics go from celebrating the birth of Christ to reflecting on the nature of martyrdom. Read about martyrdom in our online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (just enter "2473" in the search box) and reflect on the sacrifices saints and martyrs have made in bearing witness to their faith.
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