Stephan the first The Bishop of Rome
He was born at the beginning of the third century. He was one of the high society in the city of Rome. we do not know anything about his youth. But he was favored by the 2 Saints, the Bishops of Rome, Karnilios and Lucius. When the latter passed away , the priest wad chosen to succeed him on the May 12 254 DC. He had been identified by his godly life and abundance of knowledge. As he sat on the Holy Roman chair, he was pushed by Vistinos, the Bishop of Leon to interfere with the St. Kiprianos to resist Markiyan Bishop of Arles who converted to the principles of Novatiyan, which closed the doors of hope in front of the perpetrators, of some mystery sins, after their baptism and said that the Church would not accept their return whatever repentance they offered,, He said that this applied especially for the sin of the denial of faith in a time of martyrdom . This came on the impact of persecution of Decios approximately 250 DC). He also denied a second marriage. Some fled to the deception in the days of persecution Decios (Dekeus), they paid large sums of money to the judges to receive a certificates that prove they presented incense to the idold without actually exercising that , so they could preserve their lives and their money. So the Bishop refused this malicious act . He fought evil and considered this as a denial of the faith and subjected who committed it to fall under the discipline of the Church.
His argument with St Kiprianos:
The Bishop entered into a hot argument and passed tough long time with St. Kiprianos because of heterodox rebaptism, as St. Kiprianos claimed that is not a real baptism that was performed by the blasphemies and that the church needs to baptism those who were baptized by the blasphemies and this is not considered a rebaptism. Three African assemblies were established and he was supported by Farmlyanos the Bishop of the Caesarean section of the Kabadok. Bishop Stephan had refused to meet with both the delegation that came from Cartagena on the year of 256 AD and the delegation of Bishop Farmlyanos. In this regard, also Bishop Farmlyanos threatened to deprive those who called to do so. The Pope of Alexandria St. Dionasius intervened wisely between the two teams, and announced that this debate required to be treated in love and meek without threats of deprivation so as not to cause splitting of the church.
Healing at Rome:
Nimasios, one of the honored high society of Rome, sent to him a messenger, and asked him to heal his blind daughter. He prayed for her and she was healed by the name of LORD Jesus Christ. Nimasios, all of the people of his home and large number of pagans. Declared their belief in the LORD Jesus Christ. The magistrate heard the news. He summoned for Nimasios, his daughter and his house holder Semerenios. When he was sure that they had converted to Christianity, he asked the latter to hand over all property of his master. He replied that every property of his master had been distributed to the poor after his acceptance of faith in Jesus Christ. The magistrate ordered him to bow down to idols. He looked upon them with cynicism, and cried tp the LORD Jesus to crush the idols. They fell and instantly become dust.
Then the magistrate realized the frivolous of the idols, and on returning to his home to he told his wife Ookspiria what happened. Ookspiria, who had secretly accepted Christianity encouraged him to receive the sacrament of baptism at the hands of the Bishop.
It was said that Valerian raised the persecution against the Christians. This father (the Bishop) has received the crown of martyrdom, though some historians believe that he passed away ( laid in the Lord without being executed).
Butlerís : Lives of Saints, Aug 2.
May the Blessings of his prayers Be with all of us AMEN
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