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.