Catholic Prayer: Prayer to St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
St. Lawrence was the protodeacon of the early Church. The diaconate was an important office of the Holy See in the days of the ancient Church. He was entrusted with the maintenance of the Church’s temporal goods and with the distribution of alms to the poor of the City, and with their instruction in the faith. When the Roman authorities tried to obtain from him the riches of the Church, he gathered together the poor and declared them to be the Church’s riches. He was savagely roasted to death on a gridiron retaining his peace and good humor. His feast is August 10th.
O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that all the poor of the Church in need in every corner of the world may feel the effect of the love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them.
Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful and protect her rights and property so that she may serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body.
May we come some day with all those whom we helped on earth to the bright mansions of heaven where we will enjoy the riches of God’s house and the company of the Savior who lives and reigns forever and ever.