Stephen, First Martyr


Stephenís persecutors,

Filled with righteous passion,

Having cast his cloak carelessly

At the feet of Saul,

Chose their stones

While Stephen looked up to heaven, and

Just before the stones began to hail,

Prayed the martyrís prayer:

Thanking the Creator for the special honor

Of being the first to die.


Saul stood there,

Thinking of the road to Damascus,

While approving the stoning,

Justifying in his hard heart

The prescribed punishment

Of gentle, reverent Stephen.


--December 26, 2013