St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria and devoted much of his reign to the promotion of the Christian faith.

He gave his patronage to Church leaders, helped build churches, and was a proponent of the rights of the Holy See. Stephen also crushed the pagan counterreaction to Christianity, converting the so-called Black Hungarians after their failed rebellion. In recognition of his efforts, Stephen was anoited king of Hungary in 1000, receiving the cross and crown from Pope Sylvester II.

The remainder of his reign was taken up with the consolidation of the Christian hold on the region. His crown and regalia became beloved symbols of the Hungarian nation, and Stephen was venerated as the ideal Christian king. Canonized in 1083 by Pope St. Gregory VII, he became the patron saint of Hungary.

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  1. Pray for me St. Stephen as l usher myself into the unchartered waters of life whose cause l have no control of. Help me to be loyal and faithful to the cross always. Amen.

  2. Saint Stephen the Great, pray for us.
    Truth over unity. Christ was the Word Incarnate not for peace, but to bring the sword for battle. May all heretical lies be crushed and Christ the King rule our hurting chaotic world. Let those seeking clarity and Truth, find the merciful and saving graces of God. Amen.


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