Napoleon, Quotes and the Translation of St. Stephen's Relics: Random Monday Musings
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"After the First Martyr had been stoned to death, Gamaliel, his teacher, encouraged certain of the Christians to go by night and take up the Saint's body and bury it in his field, which was at a distance of some twenty miles from Jerusalem and was called by his name, 'Kaphar-gamala,' that is, 'the field of Gamala,' where Gamaliel himself was later buried."
"About the year 427, a certain pious man called Lucian, who was the parish priest of a church near to that field, received from God a revelation in a dream concerning the place where the First Martyr was buried. He immediately made this known to John, the Patriarch of Jerusalem."
"Thus coming to the place indicated and digging there, they found a box with the word 'Stephen' in Aramaic letters. On opening it, they took these most sacred relics and transferred them to Jerusalem with great honor and in the company of a very great multitude of the faithful."