St. Laurence - Lectern Frontal LF879
Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey
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He has been one of the
most honoured martyrs of the Roman Church since the 4th century. Renowned for
his alms giving he was one of the seven deacons of Rome martyred circa 258AD
during the persecution by the Emperor Valerian. According to tradition, at his
arrest, when ordered to hand over the treasures of the Church, he pointed to a
group of poor people saying, "Here are the true treasures of the
It is thought more likely
that he was beheaded but a strong tradition from the 4th century shows his
emblem as a gridiron indicating his form of execution; indicates this with
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