Feast of Saint Lawrence

Saint of the Day:  Lawrence

Spanish, b. 225, d. 258

Chief of the seven deacons of Rome who distributed alms to the poor; one of the most honored martyrs of the Roman Church

The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church. — Tertullian, Apologeticum (a defense of the illegal Christian group)

patron of Rome, poor, comedians, librarians, students, tanners, and chefs

symbols:  gridiron, dish or money, cross and book of Gospels

In The Golden Legend, Lawrence says cheerfully, as he is being roasted alive, to Decius:

Thou cursed wretch, thou hast roasted that one side, turn that other, and eat!


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