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Veneration of martyrs (such as Saint Stephen) as Saints among the Christian faithful long predated the formal process (to include miracles) which later became a standard and evolved into canonization. Martyrs were prominent among the early saints venerated by Christians. Among other things, persecution sparked the devotion of the saints, facilitated ...


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Saint Stephen was the first martyr, at whose stoning Saul/Paul was present. He doesn't get the honour of "first saint". The rules have almost certainly changed since antiquity, and are now fairly rigid (two miracles are required, at least).


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Although Ken Graham offers one interpretation of the events leading to the stoning of Saint Stephen, I would like to propose an slightly different perspective which I think better fits the biblical text: Especially Acts 6-7. On an intersting note, Stephen's grave has recently been uncovered in the West Bank City of Ramallah. My simple answer regarding who ...


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Who ordered Saint Stephen to death? No individual person ordered St. Stephen to be stoned to death. If in fact someone had ordered Stephen’s execution, I believe St. Luke would have named that individual in the Book of Acts. At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him. - Acts 7:57 Moreover, the Jews ...


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St Stephen is considered a saint and a martyr in many Christian denominations. Because St Stephen is the very first martyr of the newly founded Church of Jesus Christ, he is given the title of Protomartyr or first martyr of the Early Church. Many consider the first Saint of the Early Church to be the Thief on the Cross after all did not Jesus himself ...


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We can use the word "saint" to mean "one who is canonized by the Catholic Church," or only "one who is either in Heaven or Purgatory," or "one whose salvation is not in doubt anymore." If you mean "first saint" as in "first canonized," or "first recognized as a saint," I'm afraid I don't know. However, if instead, you mean "the first, chronologically, to ...


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