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Mass of Dedication for the new altar servers who have completed their first year.
St Stephen was the
first martyr. The story of his arrest and stoning to death on trumped
up charges unfortunately has many echoes still today.
Full story in Chapters 6-7,
|"Look," [Stephen] said,
"I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right
hand of God."
But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him, and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man called Saul.
While they were stoning Stephen he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this he died.
And Saul approved of their killing him."
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Enrolment in the Guild of St Stephen
December 26th is the feast day of St Stephen the first martyr, who was stoned to death outside the walls of Jerusalem, and a special day for the boys and girls who are enrolled into the guild of St Stephen after serving for a year on the altar at church. At their special Mass at midday they make the Guild promises to assist on the altar as much as they can when they are needed, and "with the help of God" They also receive medals and certificates to mark this important occasion.
As many of the more experienced servers as possible attend this annual Mass to give their support.
|Guild of St Stephen - Feastday 26th December||
New members of the Guild in 2005
Our altar servers with their new silver medals for more than ten years service - 2003
Dedication of the new altar servers 2004