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You are the chief in the choir of Martyrs, like unto an angel; who pleaded with God for those that stoned him.  O blessed Stephen, intercede for us with the Lord.

 (A Sarum text)

Grant, Lord, we pray, that we may imitate what we worship, and a learn to love even our enemies,  for we celebrate the heavenly birthday of a man who knew how to pray even for his persecutors.