Wednesday, August 10, 2016

366 Project - Day 223 - "San Lorenzo"


August 10, 2016 - "San Lorenzo"

Today is the Feast Day of one of my favorite Saints and Martyrs - St. Lawrence of Rome... or, as us Italians know him "San Lorenzo".

This photo is of the countertop next to my stove... with my little shrine to San Lorenzo, the patron of cooks and chefs.

The following short bio of St. Lawrence has been taken from the August 10th "Saint of the Day" entry from MorningOffering.com:

"St. Lawrence (d. 258) was likely a Spaniard who lived in Rome when Christianity was outlawed under pain of death. He was appointed by Pope St. Sixtus II as archdeacon over the seven deacons of Rome with the duty of tending to the Church's wealth and distributing alms to the poor. After Pope St. Sixtus II was beheaded by the Emperor Valerian along with the six other deacons, Lawrence was left as the highest-ranking clergy in Rome. He was ordered by the Roman authorities to appear before the tribunal in four days - a summons to his execution - along with the treasures of the Church that were in his possession. St. Lawrence then quickly distributed the Church's wealth to the poor so that the Roman authorities could not confiscate it. On the appointed day, August 10th, Lawrence responded to the order by bringing with him a multitude of the poor and crippled of Rome, whom he proclaimed were the true treasures of the Church. This angered the authorities so greatly that Lawrence was ordered to be burned alive on a gridiron. He was bound to the metal grate and slowly roasted to death over hot coals. During his torture he famously mocked his torturers by saying, "I am done on this side, turn me over." St. Lawrence is the patron saint of many causes including cooks, chefs, comedians, deacons, librarians, students, and the poor. His feast day is August 10th."

One of the concluding prayers from today's Morning Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours:

"Father, you called Saint Lawrence to serve you by love and crowned his life with glorious martyrdom. Help us to be like him in loving you and doing your work. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."

San Lorenzo di Roma, pregate per noi.

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