The collect for today, the Feast of Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, from The Book of Common Prayer  (Canadian, 1962):
GRANT, O Lord, that in all our sufferings here upon earth, for the testimony of thy truth, we may stedfastly look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy Spirit, may learn to love and bless our persecutors, by the example of thy first Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to thee, O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God to succour all those that suffer for thee, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
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Artwork: St. Stephen, stained glass, Parish Church of St. John the Baptis t, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Photograph taken by admin, 18 August 2004.