December 26 is St Stephen’s feast day.

He is the Church’s first martyr.  Acts 6 and 7 recount his story, adapted here in this short yet moving video:

Shawn Boonstra, who offers devotionals via YouTube, discusses St Stephen and the lessons we can learn from his life:

Saul — the future Paul of the epistles and saint — approved Stephen’s sentence to death by stoning.  The story of Saul’s conversion appears in Acts 9.

Here is a short video of other early disciples who died for their faith: