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The Feast of St Stephen

Sentence   Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)
Collect   We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Old Testament / 1st Reading   Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15
Psalm   Psalm 31 (or) 31:1-5
Epistle / 2nd Reading   Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51b-60
Gospel   Matthew 23:34-39