26 December – Saint Stephen

Biblical Texts

All references to Saint Stephen in the Bible.

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Lives of the Saints by Francis Weninger.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

Character Calendar 

Pictorial Lives of the Saints 

La vie des saints 

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

Stories of the Saints Third Series by Mary Seymour.

Goffine’s Devout Instructions on the Epistles and Gospels for the Sundays and Holydays

Patron Saints by Eliza Allen Starr.

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

“Saint Stephen” by Kenelm Digby Best.

Early Christian & Medieval Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

Two homilies on Saint Stephen by Gregory of Nyssa (pdfhtml).

Homily on Feast of Saint Stephen by Saint Jerome

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

Art & Architecture

Vatican Colonnade

The present-day monastery at Beit Jamal preserves the remains of the earliest cult site associated with Saint Stephen (news articleWikipedia entry).

The Church of San Stefano Rotondo on the Caelian Hill in Rome dates to the 5th century and is the station for this day of the Christmas stational liturgy.

The Church of San Lorenzo fuori le mura in Rome claims his relics.  There is a 13th century fresco cycle in the porch, but they are much restored and inaccessible virtually.

The crypt of the Abbey Church of Saint Germain in Auxerre (France) preserves the earliest cycle of Stephen’s life (his lapidationdescriptionanother scene from the cycle).

Fra Filippo Lippi painted a cycle of Stephen’s life in the Duomo in Prato (descriptionbetter photos).

18C Libro del Compendio della Vita di tutti Santi


Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts

Kornbluth Photography Historical Archive

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon, 2016 Plumb.

Sacred and Legendary Art volume II by Mrs. Jameson.

A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints as Illustrated in Art by Clara Erskine Clement.

A Garner of Saints: Being a Collection of the Legends and Emblems Usually Represented in Art by Allen Hinds.

The Saints in Art with Their Attributes and Symbols, Alphabetically Arranged by Margaret E. Tabor.

Saints and their Symbols: A Companion in the Churches and Picture Galleries of Europe by E. A. Greene.

Sacred Symbols in Art by Elizabeth Edwards Goldsmith.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.


Medieval Music Database, In inventione S. Stephani

The story of “Good King Wenceslas” took place on Saint Stephen’s Day, but there are also several hymns to Saint Stephen worth a listen today:  Eya, Martyr StephaneSaint Stephen Was A Holy ManThe Son of God Goes Forth to WarCome, Mad Boys.

Songs for Catholic Schools


Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy by Pierre Chaignon.

Manna for the Soul: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Paulo Segneri.

Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).

Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).

The Church Seasons Historically and Poetically Illustrated by Alexander H. Grant.

Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger.

Heortology: A History Of The Christian Festivals From Their Origin To The Present Day by Heinrich Kellner.

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