Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The Feast of St Lawrence

It's my patron's feast today. Unfortunately, I have ill prepared for it. I've stupidly arranged for slate chippings to come to the Church at 10am, exactly when Mass starts, in order to top up the decorative slate arrangement on the Presbytery garden at St Mary Magdalen's...and...guess what? It is absolutely pissing it down with rain!

According to Wikipedia:

'In the persecutions under Valerian in 258 A.D., numerous priests and deacons were put to death, while Christians belonging to the nobility or the Roman Senate were deprived of their goods and exiled. Pope 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".

Lawrence is said to have been martyred on a gridiron as a part of Valerian's persecution. During his torture Lawrence cried out "This side’s done, turn me over and have a bite." ["Assum est, inquit, versa et manduca."]'

Personally, if I had been in St Lawrence's shoes at the time of his martyrdom, I don't think I would have said that. I would have said,

"Aaaaaaaggggghhhhh....You're going to pay for this! You baaaaaassssstaaarrrds!"

But then that is the difference between a great sinner and a great Saint.

St Lawrence, Martyr. Pray for us!


Patricius said...

Happy feast day!

Catholic Wellwisher said...

May you .burn in Hell

The Bones said...

Don't go taking that attitude with you to the grave now!

Larry Denninger said...

Hey, it was my feast day too!

I probably would not have said what St Lawrence said either. Then again, he was filled with the Holy Spirit, which goes to show that those who are joyful have the best sense of humor.

My response: "Man, if I fart now, think of the flare up!"

The Bones said...

LOL. Love your blog!

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