Christ, the New-born, today crowned blessed Stephen.
Come, let us adore Him.
Stephen, full of grace and power,
was working great wonders and signs among the people.
Thanks be to God.
You crowned him with glory and honor, O Lord.
You have given him rule over the works of Your hands.
Let us pray.
Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee,
that we may imitate him whose memory we celebrate,
so as to learn to love even our enemies;
because we now solemnize his martyrdom
who knew how to pray even for his persecutors to our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son,
who liveth and reigneth forever.
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