St Lawrence | Turn me over, I'm done on this side

St Lawrence | Turn me over, I'm done on this side

“I am done on this side, turn me over!”

St Lawrence, the deacon and martyr lived in Rome in the second century. Although little is known about his life, we do know that he served as a deacon in Rome, and was primarily responsible for the distribution of alms to the poor and needy. 


After Pope Saint Sixtus II was murdered, a Prefect of Rome came to St Lawrence, demanding the 'treasury' of the church be given to the emperor. St Lawrence replied by bringing a great number of the lame, the sick, the poor, and the needy to the footstep of the Prefect. He simply illustrated that these people were the 'treasure' of the church. 

The Prefect was so angry, that he ordered the execution of St Lawrence, by cooking him upon an iron grill (as pictured by the design on the front of this shirt). 

After the martyr had suffered the pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he made his famous cheerful remark, “I am done on this side, turn me over!”

And now he's the patron saint of deacons, the poor, and cooks! 

 

St Lawrence T-Shirt | Turn me over I'm done on this side 

This design was inspired by St Lawrence's martyrdom.
🌿 The palm branch represents a martyr's death. 
🔥 The Grill and flame represent the tools of his execution.

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Prayer to St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

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 someday 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. Amen.

 



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