The Word Among Us

Advent 2019 Issue

Bringing Heaven to Earth

St. Stephen embodies the true Christmas spirit.

By: Kathryn Elliott

Bringing Heaven to Earth: St. Stephen embodies the true Christmas spirit. by Kathryn Elliott

For many of us, the day after Christmas is spent returning gifts, visiting relatives, or taking down our Christmas trees. But liturgically speaking, December 26 has traditionally been seen as the day to go out and live in the spirit of Christ—the Christmas spirit.

That’s one of the main reasons, in fact, that we celebrate the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr, on this day. Just as the feast of...

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