Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a
Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes: "You stiff-necked
people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your
ancestors. Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They put to death those who
foretold the coming of the righteous one, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become. You
received the law as transmitted by angels, but you did not observe it."
they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. But Stephen, filled with
the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the
right hand of God, and Stephen said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing
at the right hand of God." But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon
him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their
cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he
called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud
voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them"; and when he said this, he fell
Now Saul was consenting to his execution.
Psalm PS 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab
R. (6a) Into your hands, O Lord, I
commend my spirit.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name's sake you will lead and guide
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
My trust is in the
I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
The crowd said to Jesus: "What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in
you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: He gave them bread
from heaven to eat."
So Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not
Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the
bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
So they said
to Jesus, "Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst."