Oil Dedicated to St Lawrence 1 (Patron for Chefs)
St Lawrence Patron Chefs, Lawrence also spelled Laurence, (died 258, Rome [Italy]; feast day August 10), one of the most venerated Roman martyrs. Celebrated for his Christian valour. He is the patron saint of the poor and of cooks.
Lawrence among the seven deacons of the Roman church serving Pope Sixtus II, whose martyrdom preceded Lawrence’s by a few days. They executed during the persecution under the Roman emperor Valerian. It said that Lawrence gave the church’s treasures to the poor and the sick before his arrest. Although Lawrence probably beheaded, St. Ambrose of Milan and the Latin poet Prudentius, among others, recorded that he roasted to death on a gridiron, remarking to his torturers at one point, “I am cooked on that side; turn me over, and eat.” Many conversions to Christianity throughout Rome reportedly followed Lawrence’s death, including those of several senators witnessing his execution. The Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura (St. Lawrence Outside the Walls), Rome, built over his burial place. He named in the canon of the Roman mass.
The year was 258 A.D. It was a difficult beginning for what would become the First Christian Millennium. Hostility against the early followers of Jesus Christ was growing. The barbarism and severity of pagan Rome had begun to reach a fever pitch. It would soon lead to a blood lust. The newborn Christian Church, faithful to the One who had given Himself for the life of the world, continued the work of His redemption.