Daily Devotion for 26 December 2022 (2nd Day of Christmas)

Originally published at: Daily Devotion for 26 December 2022 (2nd Day of Christmas) | Confident.Faith


  • Psalm 34
  • Psalm 60
  • Isaiah 49:22—51:16
  • Matthew 1:18–25
  • Large Catechism, I, 234–244


Today we celebrate the festival of St. Stephen, Martyr. St. Stephen was one of the first seven deacons of the Church, appointed to distribute food and other necessities to the poor of the growing Christian community. In addition to such duties, the deacons also taught and preached. When some of his colleagues became jealous, they brought him before the Sanhedrin on false charges of blasphemy. Before the Sanhedrin, Stephen confessed his faith in Christ and rebuked members of the Sanhedrin for rejecting the Messiah. Infuriated, the Sanhedrin had Stephen dragged outside the city and stoned. Honored as the first martyr of the Church, Stephen is remembered for his dying words: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” and “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”


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