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St. Lawrence

Feast Days: 
August 10
Time Period: 
225 - 258
Ancient Rome
Monks of Ampleforth Abbey, Rome

Lawrence was the archdeacon serving under Sixtus II during the persecution of Valerian.  This was a position of great trust, which included caring for the treasury and riches of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor.  When Sixtus was martyred on August 7, Lawrence was commanded by the prefect to turn over the riches of the Church.  He asked for three days to gather together the wealth.   Lawrence quickly distributed as much Church wealth to the poor as possible. On the third day he presented himself to the prefect along with the poor, the crippled, the blind and suffering and said, “These are the true treasures of the Church”.  This act of defiance led to his martyrdom.  According to Catholic tradition the Holy Grail was sent by St. Lawrence to his parents who entrusted it to a monastery.  Today the Holy Grail is venerated in the Catholic Cathedral of Valencia, Spain.

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