Fathers, please explain why St. John the baptizer is not considered the first martyr and St. Stephen is. Thanks,
St. John the Baptist certainly gave his life as a consequence of his preparing the way of the Lord. And the Church gives much recognition to his death, as we see in the annual commemoration of his death on August 29. But John’s death comes before Christ’s own death and Resurrection. St. Stephen gave his life in witness to the Risen Christ, which is the core belief of our Faith.
Fr. Dave Foxen, MSC
Fr. Dave Foxen, MSC is pastor to the parishes of Our Lady of Solitude and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Palm Springs, CA.