Stephen the New

Stephen the New
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Anna the mother of Stephen was blessed by the Theotokos to have this child. At 16 he was tonsured and went to live on Mt Auxentius. He lived a life of strict asceticism. When the Emperor Consatantine Copronymus began a persecution against the Holy Icons, Stephen was a zealous defender of the veneration of icons. . For this he was imprisoned along with 342 other monks. He was later dragged through the streets and beaten to death.
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