10th August 2019 all-day
St Lawrence Church
Vicarage Road
The Rev Dr Neil Popham
01908 976119


St Lawrence's Day

Stained glass window from Bradwell Church, holding the gridiron.

Feast day of St Lawrence, patron Saint of Bradwell Church and amongst others of Archivists, Librarians and Stained Glass workers. Saint Lawrence lived from 31 December AD 225 to 10 August 258 and was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred in the persecution of the Christians by Roman Emperor Valerian in 258. A famous legend has persisted from ancient times. As deacon in Rome, Lawrence was responsible for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor. Ambrose of Milan relateSt Lawrence's Days that when the treasures of the Church were demanded of Lawrence by the prefect of Rome, he presented the indigent, the crippled, the blind, and the suffering, and declared that these were the true treasures of the Church.The prefect was so angry that he had a great gridiron prepared with hot coals beneath it, and had Lawrence placed on it, hence Lawrence’s association with the gridiron. After the martyr had suffered pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he cheerfully declared: “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”