Decorate a shelf or night stand with this glossy St. Stephen Patron of Deacons Arched Diptych. Celebrate the Diaconate and order for yourself or as a gift for the Deacon in your family today! Diptych displays an iconic image of the Saint in his pious desire to serve God and includes a short prayer for Deacons through the first martyr's intercession.
St. Stephen's story is proclaimed in the Acts of the Apostles: he was chosen for a service of charity to help the Apostles aid the poor and widowed and gave himself fully to this mission. He is said to have spoken with "wisdom and the Spirit" so that those who heard him were unable to disagree. However, those against Christ falsely turned him in for blasphemy and stoned him. While being so cruelly wounded, this Saint gazed into Heaven and asked the Lord to "receive his spirit." May men called to this special role as servant find their inspiration and courage through the first martyr's witness of love for God.
Simple Arched Diptych is perfect for desk, shelf and mantle decoration. This durable 6"x8" diptych is manufactured by local workers in Steubenville, Ohio.
"O God, Father of us all, look with favor upon those whom You have called to the sacred and ancient ministry of the diaconate. Through the intercession of St. Stephen, grant grace to Your deacons as they minister in charity to the poor, proclaim the Holy Gospel at Mass, and assist Your priests at the altar. Keep close to Your heart, Lord the wives and children of permanent deacons, and grant that the witness of their husbands and fathers may bring about holiness and virtue in each family member. We ask this through Jesus Christ who is Lord forever and ever. Amen."
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