Daily Martyrology for December 26

About the year 34, in Jerusalem, St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He was a Greek-speaking Jew and is listed first among the deacons created to serve the Hellenist Christians in Jerusalem. His arrest, trial and execution are described in the Acts of the Apostles.

In 268 or 269, St. Dionysius, pope. He oversaw the rebuilding of the church in Rome after the persecution of Decius. He also had to deal with several Christological errors. Dionysius of Alexandria described him as a praiseworthy and learned person. He was generous in giving aid to the church of Cappadocia, which suffered from an invasion of Goths.

In 1890, in Spain, Blessed Vincentia López y Vicuña, who founded a religious order dedicated to helping poor girls.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.