Oil dedicated to martyr St Lawrence on prayer cloth
The oil dedicated to Martyr St Lawrence one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy. Who martyred in the persecution of the Christians that the Roman Emperor Valerian ordered in 258.
His Early Life
Lawrence thought to have born on December 31 AD 225 in Valencia or less probably in Huesca. The town from which his parents came in the later region of Aragon that then part of the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis. The martyrs Orentius and Patientia traditionally held to have been his parents.
Lawrence encountered the future Pope Sixtus II. Who was one of Greek origin and one of the most famous and highly esteemed teachers in Caesaraugusta. Eventually both left Spain for Rome.
St Cyprian Bishop of Carthage notes that Roman authorities had established a norm. According to which all Christians who had denounced must executed and their goods confiscated by the Imperial treasury.
St Lawrence Death
After the death of Sixtus the prefect of Rome demanded that Lawrence turn over the riches of the Church. St Ambrose is the earliest source for the narrative that Lawrence asked for three days to gather the wealth. He worked swiftly to distribute as much Church property to the indigent as possible. So as to prevent it seized by the prefect.
The day that Deacon Lawrence experienced his birth from death to life an ominous and frightful day in ancient Rome. Four days earlier the great Sixtus, arrested by soldiers of the emperor Valerian. Along with his beloved deacons, and beheaded.
On 10 August Lawrence the last of the seven deacons, and therefore the ranking Church official suffered a martyr’s death.