CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 25: Why St. Stephen after Christmas?

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 25, for St. Stephen’s Day.  Happy Boxing Day!

These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my benefactors.  Thank you!

Today Fr. Troadec (US HERE (English) – UK (French original) HERE) and Pope Benedict  (US HERE – UK HERE) talk about the meaning of St. Stephen, and why we celebrated him after Christmas.

We hear tastes of Christmas Goes Baroque (US HERE – UK HERE) and Lapidabant Stephanum from Motecta Festorum Totius Anni of Palestrina (US HERE – UK HERE).

Have some Mystic Monk Coffee and have a listen!

Chime in if you listened.

PS: These podcasts should also be available through my iTunes feed, though maybe not immediately. Let me know how you are listening.  Through the plug in on this post? Through iTunes? Downloading?


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5 Responses to CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 25: Why St. Stephen after Christmas?

  1. Gab says:

    I was starting to feel a bit sad that ADENTCAzT would finish but now we have CHRISTMASCAzT!

    Thank you, Father!

  2. Ms. M-S says:

    Why St. Stephen after Christmas? As we see a jeweler place two smaller precious stones on either side of the greatest gem, Providence placed on either side of the Lord’s public life John the Baptist, who announced His coming, and Stephen, who proclaimed Him as resurrected Savior, and who were both martyred by those who wouldn’t hear the truth.

  3. bigtex says:

    1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
    For you, brethren, are become followers of the churches of God which are in Judea, in Christ Jesus: for you also have suffered the same things from your own coutrymen, even as they have from the Jews, Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted us, and please not God, and are adversaries to all men; Prohibiting us to speak to the Gentiles, that they may be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath of God is come upon them to the end.

  4. bigtex says:

    Matthew 5:44
    But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you.

  5. WmHesch says:

    Why St. Stephen after Christmas? Because his relics were discovered on 26 December 415 (an event we liturgically remember in August for some unknown reason).

    This was a big deal. Just as the martyrdom of St. Lawrence preceded the “little peace”, the finding of St. Stephen’s relics and their dispersal throughout the Empire precipitated the final demise of pagan worship.

    St. Augustine himself comments on the miracles he witnessed thru these relics.