10 August • yesterday
• prayers
• tomorrow
Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

I would have people in time of silence take good heed that their minds be occupied with good thoughts, for unoccupied they will never be. - Saint Thomas More


My Bible History - New Testament #07 - The Flight into Egypt, by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D.


Saint Lawrence of Rome

Also known as

Laurence, Laurent, Laurentius, Lorenço, Lorenzo

Profile

Third-century archdeacon of Rome, distributor of alms, and "keeper of the treasures of the church" in a time when Christianity was outlawed. On 6 August 258, by decree of Emperor Valerian, Pope Saint Sixtus II and six deacons were beheaded, leaving Lawrence as the ranking Church official in Rome.

While in prison awaiting execution Sixtus reassured Lawrence that he was not being left behind; they would be reunited in four days. Lawrence saw this time as an opportunity to disperse the material wealth of the church before the Roman authorities could lay their hands on it. On 10 August Lawrence was commanded to appear for his execution, and to bring along the treasure with which he had been entrusted by the pope. When he arrived, the archdeacon was accompanied by a multitude of Rome's crippled, blind, sick, and indigent. He announced that these were the true treasures of the Church. Martyr.

Lawrence's care for the poor, the ill, and the neglected have led to his patronage of them. His work to save the material wealth of the Church, including its documents, brought librarians and those in related fields to see him as a patron, and to ask for his intercession. And his incredible strength and courage when being grilled to death led to his patronage of cooks and those who work in or supply things to the kitchen. The meteor shower that follows the passage of the Swift-Tuttle comet was known in the middle ages as the "burning tears of Saint Lawrence" because they appear at the same time as Lawrence's feast.

Born

at Huesca, Spain

Died

• cooked to death on a gridiron on 10 August 258
• buried in the cemetery of Saint Cyriaca on the road to Tivoli, Italy
• tomb was opened by Pelagius to inter the body of Saint Stephen the Martyr
• his mummified head removed to the Quirinal Chapel
• the gridiron believed to have been his deathbed is in San Lorenzo in Lucina
• garments in Our Lady's Chapel in the Lateran Palace

Patronage

• against fire
• against lumbago
• archives, archivists
• armories, armourers
• brewers
• butchers
• chefs, cooks
• comedians, comediennes, comics
• confectioners
• cutlers
• deacons
• glaziers
• laundry workers
• librarians, libraries
• paupers, poor people
• restauranteurs
• schoolchildren, students
• seminarians
• stained glass workers
• tanners
• vine growers, vintners, wine makers
• ---
• Ceylon, Sri Lanka
• ---
• 38 cities and dioceses

Representation

• book of Gospels
• cross
• gridiron
• deacon holding a book
• deacon holding a gridiron
• deacon holding a bag of money
• purse of money

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

With the robe of joyfulness, alleluya,
Our Lord hath this day clothed His soldier, Laurence.
May Thy faithful's joyous assemblage clap their hands
More cheerfully than they have heretofore.
Today the noble martyr offered pleasing sacrifice to God,
Today he, being grievously tested,
Endured unto the end the torment of his fire;
And shrank not from offering his limbs to punishments most grievous.
Before the ruler he is summoned,
And settlement is made upon the Church's hidden holdings.
But he by words enticing is unmoved, and is unshaken
By the torments of the ruler's avarice.
Valerian is laughed to scorn,
And the Levite's liberal hand,
When he is asked for payments,
Giveth to the gathered poor.
For he was their minister of charity,
Giving them abundance from his means.
Therefore the prefect is enraged,
And a glowing bed made ready.
The torment-bearing instrument,
The gridiron of his suffering,
Roasteth his very viscera,
But he laugheth it to scorn.
The martyr sweateth in his agony,
In hopes of crown and recompense
Which is allotted those with faith,
Who struggle for the sake of Christ.
The court of heaven rejoiceth
For his warfare-waging,
For he hath prevailed this day
Against the lackeys of wickedness.
That we, then, may attain the gift of life,
By this our patron, be glad, O our choir,
Singing in the church upon his feast-day
A joyful alleluya.
- from the Mass of Saint Laurence, Old Sarum Rite Missal

O Laurence, thou David, thou great-martyr,
Thou mighty warrior and judgment-seat of the Emperor,
Thou didst set at nought the blood-stained hands
Of thy tormentors.
Thou wast a follower of Him Who is desirable and mighty,
Who with His hand alone can conquer the cruel despot's strongholds,
And Whose love maketh His warriors holy,
And generous with their blood.
Insofar as thou sawest Him in the loss of this present life,
Thou didst scorn the emblems of the Caesar, and laugh the judge's threats to scorn.
In vain it is the headsman rendeth thy fingernails,
It is in vain the pyre's burning thy gridiron doth enfold.
The impious man, the City's prefect grieveth,
Conquered by a broiled fish - the food of Christ.
This honeycomb of the Lord rejoiceth, living with Him,
Rising again with Him, filled to the full with Christ.
O Laurence, wreathed with laurel amongst warriors,
O unconquerable David of the everlasting King:
Ever entreat with Him to pardon His lowest servants,
O martyr and mighty foot-soldier!
- from the Mass for the Octave (Apodosis) of Saint Laurence, 17 August, Old Sarum Rite Missal

The Roman Church commends to us today the anniversary of the triumph of Saint Lawrence. For on this day he trod the furious pagan world underfoot and flung aside its allurements, and so gained victory over Satan's attack on his faith.

As you have often heard, Lawrence was a deacon of the Church at Rome. There he ministered the sacred blood of Christ; there for the sake of Christ's name he poured out his own blood. Saint John the apostle was evidently teaching us about the mystery of the Lord's supper when he wrote: "Just as Christ laid down his life for us, so we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." My brethren, Lawrence understood this and, understanding, he acted on it. In his life he loved Christ; in his death he followed in his footsteps.

Brethren, we too must imitate Christ if we truly love him. We shall not be able to render better return on that love than by modeling our lives on his. "Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps." The holy martyrs followed Christ even to shedding their life's blood, even to reproducing the very likeness of his passion. They followed him, but not they alone. It is not true that the bridge was broken after the martyrs crossed; nor is it true that after they had drunk from it, the fountain of eternal life dried up.

On no account may any class of people despair, thinking that God has not called them. Christ suffered for all. What the Scriptures say of him is true: "He desires all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth."

I tell you again and again, my brethren, that on no account may any class of people despair, thinking that God has not called them. Christ suffered for all. What the Scriptures say of him is true: "He desires all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth." - from a sermon by Saint Augustine

O Lord Jesus Christ, who did show thy blessed martyr Laurence, despising this world, to be most pure gold, which the fire might by no means consume, but only prove; so that, the fiercer was the flame, the more brightly the gold shone: grant unto us, that the flames of concupiscence may have no power to burn up those who are enlightened by such a shining example as that of thy holy martyr. - Mozarabic Sacramentary

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lawrence-of-rome/


Blessed Amadeus of Portugal

Also known as

• Amadeus Menez de Silva
• Amedeus....
• João de Menezes da Silva
• João Mendes de Silva
• Peter John Silva Meneses

Profile

Born to the Portugese nobility, the youngest of eleven children of Rui Gomes, the Count of Viana, and Isabel de Menezes; brother of Saint Beatrice da Silva Meneses. Courtier to Empress Eleonaora of Portugal. Married briefly. Monk at the Hieronymite monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe for ten years. Entered the Franciscans in 1453 in Assisi, Italy as a lay brother. Hermit. Ordained in 1459. Founded the monastery Virgin of Peace near Milan, Italy and led a community under strict Franciscan rules; they were known as the Amadeistene, Amadeeërs or Marignano reform, and at one point there were 28 houses following their example, but all eventually merged with the Franciscans. Wrote on prophesy, and a commentary on the Book of Revelations. Amadeus's work was praised by Pope Sixtus IV, King Ferdinand the Catholic of Aragon, and Saint Louis IX of France.

Born

1420 in Morocco as João de Menezes da Silva

Died

• 10 August 1482 in Milan, Italy of natural causes
• buried under the high altar of his monastery in Milan

Patronage

against fever (water from a spring at his monastery was reported to heal fever patients)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-amadeus-of-portugal/


Saint Bessus

Also known as

Besso, Besse

Profile

Soldier of the Theban Legion. Convert to Christianity. He escaped the massacre of the Legion and became an evangelist in the mountain district of Val Soana. Reported to be a miracle worker and able to heal by prayer. Martyr.

Because of the understandably poor records from the period, and the similarity of his name both to other evangelists in the region and to a pre-Christian god, Bessus has figured into a lot of folk tales, practices and later legends.

Died

• thrown from Mount Fautenio c.286 Campiglia Soana, Turin, Italy
• the spot where he landed (and died) left an impression in the rock, and a shrine was soon built over it
• relics taken to Ozegna in the 9th century and enshrined a chapel now known as the Beata Vergine del Convento e del Bosco
• relics later taken to the cathedral of Virea, Italy and enshrined in a sacrophagus
• relics later enshrined in a side altar in the cathedral with those of several other martyr saints

Patronage

• soldiers
• for fertility
• Campiglia Soana, Italy
• Cogne, Italy
• Ivrea, Italy
• Valprato Soana, Italy

Representation

• soldier holding a banner with the Mauritian Cross
• soldier holding a banner reading "ICTUS"
• palm of martyrdom
• spade; shovel
• helmet with ostrich feathers

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bessus/


Saint Blane

Also known as

Blaan, Blan, Blain

Profile

Nephew of Saint Cathan. Studied in Ireland under Saint Comgall of Bangor, Saint Kenneth, and Saint Canice. Monk. After seven years, he returned to Scotland; tradition says he travelled in a boat without oars or rudder, but that it took him safely home. Monk at the monstery founded by Cathan; ordained by his uncle. Missionary to the Scottish Picts. Bishop of Kingarth, Scotland, ordained by Cathen. Pilgrim to Rome to seek papal blessing on his bishopric; made the return trip entirely on foot.

Reputed miracle worker, including bringing the young son of a British chief back to life, curing the blind, and lighting fire by making small bolts of lightning jump between his fingers. Devotion to Blane soon followed his death, was widespread in Scotland, and very popular; his monastery became the site of the cathedral of Dunblane, Scotland and there were several churches with his name.

Born

6th century at Isle of Bute, Scotland

Died

• c.590 at Kingarth, Isle of Bute, Scotland of natural causes
• buried in Dunblane, Scotland which was named for him

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-blane/


Blessed Lazare Tiersot

Profile

Joined the Carthusians on 18 December 1769 at the monastery of Fontenay, France. Priest. Served as vicar of his house until June 1791 when the monastery was suppressed by the civil authorities of the French Revolution. Arrested on 19 April 1793 for refusing to take the oath that would have switched his allegience from the Vatican to the civil authorities of the Revolution. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die. There he ministered to other prisoners, hearing confessions, doing what little he could for the sick. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

29 March 1739 in Semur-en-Auxois, Diocese of Sens-Auxerre, Côte-d'Or, France

Died

• 10 August 1794 aboard the prison ship Washington, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France of a fever
• buried on the island of Aix, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-lazare-tiersot/


Blessed Franciszek Drzewiecki

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

Profile

Orionist friar. After studies at the mother-house in Tortona, Italy, he was ordained on 6 June 1936. Returning to Poland, he taught at the college of Zdunska Wola. Parish priest in Wloclawek, Poland. Arrested on 7 November 1939 and condemned to forced labour at the Dachau concentration camp farms during the Nazi persecutions; he kept consecrated hosts in a small box he wore around his neck, and spent his time in the fields in Eucharistic adoration. Martyr.

Born

26 February 1908 in Zduny, Lódzkie, Poland

Died

gassed on 10 August 1942 at the prison camp at Dachau, Oberbayern, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-franciszek-drzewiecki/


Blessed François François

Also known as

Sébastien of Nancy

Profile

Franciscan Capuchin priest. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

17 January 1749 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Died

10 August 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francois-francois/


Blessed Claude-Joseph Jouffret de Bonnefont

Profile

Sulpician priest. Imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the anti-Catholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.

Born

23 December 1752 in Gannat, Allier, France

Died

10 August 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France

Beatified

1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-claude-joseph-jouffret-de-bonnefont/


Blessed Edward Grzymala

Additional Memorial

12 June as one of the 108 Martyrs of World War II

Profile

Priest in the diocese of Wloclawek, Poland. Imprisoned and murdered in the Nazi persecutions. Martyr.

Born

19 September 1906 in Kolodziaz, Podlaskie, Poland

Died

gassed on 10 August 1942 at the prison camp at Dachau, Oberbayern, Germany

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw, Poland

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-edward-grzymala/


Blessed Augustine Ota

Also known as

Augustinus Ota

Profile

Worked as a catechist, helping Jesuit missionaries. Imprisoned at Ikinoshima for his faith. While imprisoned, he was received into the Jesuits. Martyr.

Born

1572 in Ojika, Goto-retto, Nagasaki, Japan

Died

beheaded 10 August 1622 at Ikinoshima, Japan

Beatified

7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-augustine-ota/


Saint Gerontius

Also known as

Geraint

Profile

King of Damnonia (in modern Devon, England). He and his wife Enid are the subjects of romantic legends in the region.

Died

killed c.508 in battle against Saxons

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gerontius/


Saint Asteria of Bergamo

Also known as

Hesteria

Profile

Sister of Saint Grata of Bergamo. Worked to provide Christian burial for martyrs. Executed by Diocletian for doing it. Martyr.

Died

• beheaded c.307
• venerated in Bergamo, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-asteria-of-bergamo/


Saint Agilberta of Jouarre

Also known as

Aguilberta, Gilberta

Profile

Related to Saint Ebrigisil, Saint Ado of Jouarre, and Saint Agilbert of Paris. Nun. Abbess of Jouarre Abbey c.660.

Died

c.680

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agilberta-of-jouarre/


Blessed Hugh of Montaigu

Profile

Nephew of Saint Hugh of Cluny, who was his teacher and spiritual director. Benedictine monk at Cluny Abbey in France. Bishop of Auxerre, France in 1096.

Died

1136 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-hugh-of-montaigu/


Saint Deusdedit the Cobbler

Profile

Poor layman shoemaker in sixth-century Rome, Italy. Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote that every Saturday Deusdedit would give away all the profits from that week to the poor.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-deusdedit-the-cobbler/


Saint Bettelin

Also known as

Bertram

Profile

I have no details on this saint.

Died

• 8th century
• relics enshrined in Ilam, Staffordshire, England

Patronage

Stafford, England

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bettelin-2/


Saint Thiento of Wessobrunn

Profile

Abbot of Wessobrunn Abbey in Bavaria, Germany. Martyred along with six of his brother monks by invading Hungarians.

Died

955

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-thiento-of-wessobrunn/


Saint Aredius of Lyons

Also known as

Aregius, Arige

Profile

Archbishop of Lyons, France.

Died

c.614

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aredius-of-lyons/


Saint Agathonica of Carthage

Profile

Nun. Martyr.

Died

in Carthage in North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agathonica-of-carthage/


Saint Bassa of Carthage

Profile

Nun. Martyr.

Died

in Carthage in North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bassa-of-carthage/


Saint Paula of Carthage

Profile

Nun. Martyr.

Died

in Carthage in North Africa

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paula-of-carthage/


Martyrs of Alexandria

Profile

A large number of Christians who died in Alexandria, Egypt between 260 and 267 in the persecutions of Decius and Valerian, whose names have not come down to us, and who are commemorated together.

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-alexandria-10-august/


Martyrs of Rome

Profile

Group of 165 Christians martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian.

Died

274 in Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-rome-10-august/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Antonio González PenĂ­n
Blessed José Toledo Pellicer
Blessed José Xavier Gorosterratzu Jaunarena
Blessed Juan Martorell Soria
Blessed Victoriano Calvo Lozano


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Good Success
• Aurelio
• Eric IV
• Irenaeus
• Plettrude


CatholicSaints.Info Portable Edition
email CatholicSaints.*