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St. Stephen, patron of coin collectors, numismatists, smelters

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  • Edwin Hewitt
    St. Stephen the Younger Martyred 764; executed with more than 300 others who opposed iconoclasm; scourged, stoned and dragged to death through the streets of
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      St. Stephen the Younger
      Martyred 764; executed with more than 300 others who opposed
      iconoclasm; scourged, stoned and dragged to death through the streets
      of Constantinople
      Commemorated November 28

      Patronage: coin collectors, numismatists, smelters


      Stephen the Younger M (RM), (with Basil, Peter, Andrew & Comps.)
      http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/1128.htm#step

      Born at Constantinople in 714-715; died there 764-765. When the
      Iconoclast persecution was renewed by the Byzantine emperor
      Constantine V (Copronymus), this Stephen was the foremost defender at
      Constantinople of the veneration of religious images. He was a hermit-
      monk on Mount Saint Auxentius (near Chalcedon), and in 761 was
      banished for his activities to the island of Proconnesus in the sea
      of Marmara.

      After three years he was brought before the emperor and questioned.
      Stephen produced a coin and asked if it were not wrong to treat the
      imperial effigy on it disrespectfully: "Very well," he
      continued, "how much more then does he deserve punishment who stamps
      on an image of Christ or his mother, and burns it" (which was what
      was being done).

      He threw the coin to the floor and trampled on it. Constantine
      ordered him thrown in jail, where he spent 11 months with over 300
      other monks, living a sort of monastic life together. Saint Stephen
      continued to be resolute in his principles, and was finally battered
      to death. It is said that the emperor was not willing to order his
      death but--like Henry II and Thomas a Becket--Stephen provoked it by
      the intemperance of his language. And so Stephen together with SS
      Basil, Peter, Andrew, and a band of over 300 monks were put to death

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      More on St. Stephen the Younger at:
      http://friarsminor.org/xvii4-20.html
      http://saintgeorge.org/news_and_events/church_calendar/saint_of_the_da
      y/11nov/nov_28_saint_stephen_the_younger.php
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