Hieromartyr of the Christian Church, whose memory is celebrated on August 10.
Happy Nameday to Lavrentios and Laurentina!
Faith in Lord
Lavrentius was the archdeacon of the Greek-born Pope of Rome Xystos or Sixtus, who was beheaded on August 6, 253, during the Christian persecutions of the Roman emperor Valerian (251-258).
They then arrested Lawrence, who served as administrator of the church contributions. He was asked to hand over the treasures of the Church. Lavrentios, then, introduced them to the poor, the orphans and those in need of the Church’s assistance and told them that these were its treasures. For this daring, the pagans tortured him, roasting him alive, on a glowing grill.
The relic of Laurentius was received and buried by a faithful Christian named Hippolytus. For this act he was horribly tortured and died dragged by horses to which he was tied.
Parts of the relics of Agios Lavrentios are located in the homonymous church of Rome and in the Monasteries of Panteleimon of Mount Athos and Kykkos in Cyprus.