ST. STEPHEN (first martyr for Christ; Deacon) MINI LIVES OF THE SAINTS HOLY CARD 3" x 5.25" Laminated folder with gold stamped Italian Art featuring a two page biography, name meaning, patronage, feast day and popular related prayer. Add to the cart or wish list above. This holy man was the first to receive the crown of martyrdom for Jesus and the new Christian religion. He was an eloquent preacher as well as a deacon in the early church. When his enemies could not refute him, they concocted lies and stoned him to death.