Saint Lawrence – Incest Victims
Saint Lawrence one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy. Under Pope Sixtus II martyred in the persecution of the Christians that the Roman Emperor Valerian ordered in 258.
As deacon in Rome, responsible for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor. Ambrose of Milan relates that when the treasures of the Church demanded of Lawrence by the prefect of Rome. He brought forward the poor, to whom he had distributed the treasure as alms.Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones. Those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the Church’s crown.
So angry that he had a great gridiron prepared with hot coals beneath it, and had Lawrence placed on it. Hence Lawrence’s association with the gridiron. After the martyr had suffered pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he cheerfully declared: “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over! From this St. Lawrence derives his patronage of cooks, chefs, and comedians.
At the beginning of August 258, the Emperor Valerian issued an edict that all bishops, priests, and deacons should immediately be put to death because Pope Sixtus II captured on 6 August 258. At the cemetery of St Callixtus while celebrating the liturgy and executed forthwith. He worked swiftly to distribute as much Church property to the indigent as possible, so as to prevent its being seized by the prefect.