Saturday, 10 August 2013

Lawrence of Rome

Saint Lawrence (c.225-258) was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome who were martyred during the persecution of Valerian in 258. He had been entrusted with church treasures including, according to legend, the Holy Grail. After the prefect of Rome demanded that Lawrence hand over these riches, he asked for three days to collect all the goods, and during this period proceeded to distribute as much to the poor as possible, to prevent its seizure. On the third day, he presented the poor, the crippled, the blind and the suffering, and said that these were the true treasures of the Church, telling the prefect "The Church is truly rich, far richer than your emperor." He was sentenced to death, martyred according to tradition by being burned on a gridiron, joking "turn me over ... I'm done on this side."

Collect 

Almighty God,
who made Lawrence a loving servant of your people
and a wise steward of the treasures of your Church:
fire us with his example to love as he loved
and to walk in the way that leads to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Sources 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Rome

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