Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Feast of St. Lawrence

Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence. I particularly appreciate this deacon and martyr because the method of his martyrdom was particularly unpleasant – grilling on a gridiron. That makes burning at the stake seem merciful in comparison.

Yet, he is said to have been cheerful and even joking ("This side’s done, turn me over and have a bite.") during his torture.

I notice that his feast had a prominent place in the Sarum rite. He even had a vigil assigned to him.

If a learned reader has insight as to why St. Lawrence was so important in the late medieval English church, please post a comment.

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