Day IX. Thursday, Week I
"My Lord, our King, you alone are God. Help me, who am alone and have no
help but you" (First Reading for today - Esther C-14).
San Lorenzo in Panisperna. Saint Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of
Rome and was martyred in 258, four days after Sixtus II (257-258) during
the Valerian persecution (253-260). The emperor knew that the Christians
were noted for their generosity and so he assumed the Church was rich. He
ordered Saint Lawrence to appear before him with the treasures of the
Church. Saint Lawrence did so. He returned with the poor and sick saying
"Here is the Church's treasure." He was put to death at the site of
today's Station Church by being roasted alive on a grill. Tradition says
that at one point, he asked his executioners to turn him over so he could
be burnt evenly (see photo and notice the tabernacle!). Also inside this
one of the crucifixes which was said to have spoken to St
Bridget (see photo).
The Station Masses on Thursdays took place in the traditional diaconate
churches in Rome - dedicated to feeding the poor.
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