Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Lawrence, Feast Day August 10

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St. Lawrence of Rome
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The feast day of St. Lawrence is celebrated on August 10.  St. Lawrence is the patron saint of deacons, librarians, and the poor.


St. Lawrence served as a deacon in Rome in the third century. He was a disciple of Pope Sixtus II (251-258). The Pope chose him as one of seven deacons to serve in Rome. He eventually became an archdeacon. As archdeacon of Rome he served at the altar with the Pope and was his assistant serving the poor.

During the reign of Emperor Valerion in 258 he was arrested. While in prison it is believed that St. Lawrence cured a blind man named Lucillus and several other blind people. Because he refused to cooperate with his captors he was martyred. He was roasted alive on a gridiron. St. Lawrence died joyfully proclaiming his faith. He prayed for the conversion of the city of Rome and the world.

Before his death St. Lawrence remarked;

“At last I am finished; you may now take from me and eat!”

He then turned to God in prayer saying,

“I thank You, O Lord; that I am permitted to enter Your portals.”



My body is well done.

Turn it over;

it is roasted enough on that side.

Quote of St. Lawrence

August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


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