St. Stephen, First Deacon and First Martyr

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In art, St. Stephen is often depicted with three stones and a martyr's palm.  In Eastern Christian iconography, he is shown as a young, beardless man with a tonsure, wearing a deacon's alb and stole, and holding a miniature church building or a censer, a vessel for burning incense.The first martyr and the first deacon, Stephen's story is told in Chapters 6 and 7 of the Acts of the Apostles.  He was a deacon in the early church; and he was a persuasive preacher who led many to Christ.  The Sa … [Read more...]

Why It’s Hard to Get Ice Cream in Turkey

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In Turkey, an ice cream vendor is not just a sales clerk--he's an artist and a talented showman.This video will give you an idea of just what you might have to go through to get a simple ice cream cone in Istanbul!  … [Read more...]