Meet St. Lawrence, who was burned to death on a gridiron by the prefect of Rome for distributing alms to the poor. After being burned on the gridiron for a long time, he said “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”, and became the patron saint of comedians.

Saint Lawrence

This article is about the 3rd-century Christian martyr. For other people or places called Saint Lawrence, see Saint Lawrence (disambiguation).

See also: San Lorenzo

Saint Lawrence or Laurence (Latin: Laurentius, lit. “laurelled”; 31 December AD 225 – 10 August 258) was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy, under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred in the persecution of the Christians that the Roman Emperor Valerian ordered in 258. Lawrence encountered the future Pope Sixtus II, who was of Greek origin and one of the most famous and highly esteemed teachers, in Caesaraugusta (today Zaragoza). Eventually, both left Spain for Rome. When Sixtus became the Pope in 257, he ordained Lawrence as a deacon, and though Lawrence was…
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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lawrence

6 thoughts on “Meet St. Lawrence, who was burned to death on a gridiron by the prefect of Rome for distributing alms to the poor. After being burned on the gridiron for a long time, he said “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”, and became the patron saint of comedians.”

  1. “What did he do?”

    “He was giving money to the poor.”

    “Giving money to the poor?! He’s lucky they just tortured him to death!”

  2. Sir William of Baskerville mentions him in *The Name of the Rose* – during an informal debate with Jorge – as an example of humor (and therefore laughter) being used to confound enemies of the church, and therefore acceptable in the eyes of God. He also mentions another martyr, who was being boiled alive, telling his captors the water was a little too cold. When the captain put his hand in the water, he was burned because it was so hot.

  3. The fact that Montreal (situated on the St Lawrence River) hosts the largest comedy festival in the world makes even more sense now.

  4. His real crime was giving away the wealth of a church that the Roman Emperor had hoped to seize. Christianity wasn’t legal at the time, and seizing church property and killing priests and bishops was the order of the day.

    It wasn’t that Lawrence’s charity got him killed: it was that he was charitable with stuff that didn’t belong to him, at least according to the emperor. That’s what got him done like a rack of ribs, specifically.

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