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                                                 (St. Lawrence shrine in Attur, Karkala)

 

St. Lawrence

St Lawrence is thought to have been born in Spain, at Huesca, a town in the Aragon region. Here he encountered the future Pope Sixtus II, who was of Greek origin, one of the most famous and highly esteemed teachers in Zaragoza, which was one of the empire's most renowned centres of learning. Eventually, both left Spain for Rome. When Sixtus became the Pope in 257, he ordained St Lawrence as a deacon, and though still young appointed him first among the seven deacons who served in the patriarchal church. He is therefore called "archdeacon of Rome", a position of great trust that included the care of the treasury and riches of the church and the distribution of alms among the poor.

In the persecutions under Valerian in 258, numerous priests and bishops were put to death, while Christians belonging to the nobility or the Roman Senate were deprived of their goods and exiled.  Pope St. Sixtus II was one of the first victims of this persecution, being beheaded on August 6.  A legend cited by St. Ambrose of Milan says that Lawrence met the Pope on his way to his execution, where he is reported to have said, “Where are you going, my dear father, without your son ? Where are you hurrying off to, holy priest, without your deacon ?  Before you never mounted the altar of sacrifice without your servant, and now you wish to do it without me ?”.  The Pope is reported to have prophesied that “after three days you will follow me”

St. Lawrence is said to have been martyred on an iron outdoor stove.  During his torture Lawrence cried out “I am already roasted on one side and, if thou wouldst have me well-cooked, it is time to turn me on the other”.

His name is mentioned in the canon of the Mass & he is venerated all over the Catholic Church. His historical endurance is exemplified in the writings of St. Ambrose, Leo the Great, Augustine & the Spanish poet Prudentius.

Prudentius says that his death was the end of idolatory in Rome, which thenceforth declined. Lawrence was buried on the Via Tiburtina, at the Campur Veranus, where his basilica now stands.

(The ancient Basillica of St. Lawrence outside the walls, was built directly over the tomb of the people's favorite Roman Martyr.)

 
     
 
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