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A Prayer to Saint Lawrence

For Strength in Persecution and Trial


Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Rome (Photo © Scott P. Richert)

A statue of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr, in the Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Rome, Italy.

(Photo © Scott P. Richert)

Saint Lawrence was a deacon of the Roman Church who was martyred during the persecution of Valerian in 258. Tradition says that he was roasted to death on a gridiron, which is why the prayer mentions his "fiery torments." In this prayer, we ask Saint Lawrence to pray for us that, in the hour of our temptation, we may have the strength to endure as he did, whether in the trial of our vices or in the trial of persecution.

Prayer to Saint Lawrence

O glorious Saint Lawrence, Martyr and Deacon, who, being subjected to the most bitter torments, didst not lose thy faith nor thy constancy in confessing Jesus Christ, obtain in like manner for us such an active and solid faith, that we shall never be ashamed to be true followers of Jesus Christ, and fervent Christians in word and in deed.

V. Pray for us, O holy Lawrence,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, the grace to quench the flames of our vices, Thou who didst enable blessed Lawrence to overcome his fiery torments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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