Book of Saints – Laurence of Rome

detail of a painting of Saint Lawrence of Rome; early 16th century by Creator:Francesco Rizzo da Santacroce; Museum of John Paul II Collection, Warsaw, Poland; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Martyr (August 10) (3rd century) Perhaps the most celebrated among the many Martyrs of Rome. Claimed by the Spaniards as their fellow-countryman, he was Archdeacon to Pope Saint Xystus II, and as such administered the Temporals of the Holy See. When Saint Xystus, with most of his clergy, was put to death under Valerian (A.D. 258), Saint Laurence was spared for a few days with the view of forcing him to discover and give up the supposed concealed treasures of the Church. When it was found that all had been shared among the poor, the holy deacon was put to the torture, and in the end roasted alive on a gridiron. The East has vied with the West in doing honour to him. His body rests in the Campus Varanus (Cimitero di S. Lorenzo); but fragments of his relics are found throughout Europe, notably in the Palace of the Kings of Spain known as the “Escurial” (Gridiron).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Laurence of Rome”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 August 2016. Web. 17 May 2021. <>