and against Stephen His first martyr.
o art rich unto all that call upon Thee in truth, who art fearful in counsels, and wise in understanding, who art powerful and great, hear our prayer, O Lord, and let Thine ears receive our supplication, and "cause the light of Thy countenance to shine upon this Thy servant," who is to be ordained for Thee to the office of a deacon; and replenish him with Thy Holy Spirit, and with power, as Thou didst replenish Stephen, who was Thy martyr, and follower of the sufferings of Thy Christ.
But after His ascension we offered, according to His constitution, the pure and unbloody sacrifice; and ordained bishops, and presbyters, and deacons, seven in number: one of which was Stephen,
"And they who believed from the ninth mountain, which was deserted, and had in it creeping things and wild beasts which destroy men, were the following: they who had the stains as servants,
emerged in Nicolaus. He was one of the seven deacons who were appointed in the Acts of the Apostles.
The twelve, having called together the multitude of the disciples, said, "It is not meet for us to leave the word of God and serve tables."
Luke also has recorded that Stephen, who was the first elected into the diaconate by the apostles,
the seven churches in Paul,
Such also are those (who say that they follow Nicolaus, quoting an adage of the man, which they pervert,
has been a cause of the wide-spread combination of these wicked men. He, as one of the seven (that were chosen) for the diaconate,
But he was Moses still, even when he was not visible. So also Stephen had already put on the appearance of an angel,
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