protomartyr


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pro·to·mar·tyr

 (prō′tō-mär′tər)
n.
The first martyr for a given cause or in a given place. Used especially of the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen.
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protomartyr

(ˌprəʊtəʊˈmɑːtə)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) St Stephen as the first Christian martyr
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the first martyr to lay down his life in any cause
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His own Master was in his thirties when he died on the cross and so was Stephen the protomartyr. The life of a person is judged not by the number of years he lived but by what he did or stood for during those years.
Stephen the Protomartyr and the numerous martyrs, who sacrificed themselves while praying, blessing and forgiving those who were killing them.
Services to saints of the same rank were usually used; for example, in some versions of a service to St Equal-to-Apostles Vladimir, verses taken from the service to Sts Equal-to-Apostles Constantine and Helen, (12) and hymns to St Protomartyr Stephen and to Sts Martyrs Cyrus and John (13) are used in the service of Sts Martyrs Boris and Gleb as models.
Still, the tradition has long associated them with the diaconate, with Stephen himself commemorated as the first deacon and protomartyr of the new covenant.
The second day of Christmas is the day of the Assembly of the Holy Mother of God, and the third is the day of St Stephen, the Protomartyr.
Rhigas Pheraios: the protomartyr of Greek independence, a biographical sketch, (London, Longmans: 1890).
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(24) Fisher actually went to his death on the feast of the English protomartyr St.
Stephen Protomartyr, who is sometimes shown as an infant being suckled by a doe in paintings of Boccaccio's time, as well as Saints Proculus and Maximus of Turin, who are said to have miraculously provided deer milk to others on certain occasions.