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The Martyrium of St Lawrence

From the Roman Martyrology for today, 10 August:

 

"At Rome, on the Via Tiburtina, the birthday of blessed Lawrence, Archdeacon, who fulfilled martyrdom in the persecution of Valerian, after many torments -- imprisonment, various stripes, scorpions, rods and scourges and burning torches -- being last of all roasted on a gridiron. His body was buried by blessed Hippolytus and Justin the Priest in the cemetary of Cyriac in the Campo Verano."

 

St Lawrence, protodeacon of Rome is buried beneath the High Altar of the basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le mura. His shrine, shown above, includes the relics of St Stephen.

 

Read my sermon for today.

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Taken on October 4, 2010