The Feast of Saint Stephen ~ December 26th
Patron Saint of Stone Masons
The feast of Saint Stephen, St. Stephens Day, is December
26th in Western Christianity. It is a public holiday in Austria,
Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Republika
Srpska, England and Wales, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Finland, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand.
St. Stephens Day is a bank holiday in Spain and in Catalonia
it is known as Sant Esteve. In France, Saint Stephens Day
is called Saint Étienne and it is a bank holiday in the
In Ligao City, Philippines, feast of St. Stephen Protomartyr is
the patron saint and a fiesta is celebrated in his honor on December
In the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches,
which follow the Byzantine Rite, the feast of Stephen is celebrated
on December 27th. It is also called the Third Day of the Nativity.
August 3 is another feast day kept by Traditionalist Catholics
in the Western Church. The Invention of the Relics of St. Stephen
commemorates the finding of his relics during the reign of Emperor
Honorius. The term Invention derives from the Latin
inventio, meaning finding.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Translation of the Relics
of Protomartyr Stephen is celebrated on August 2nd. This feast
celebrates the discovery of Stephens relics in 415. After
the discovery, St. Stephens relics were solemnly transferred
to a church built in his honor in Jerusalem. The relics were later
transferred to Constantinople during the reign of Emperor Theodosius
the Younger (408 450).
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