Saturday, August 09, 2008

Cookout for St. Lawrence Day

It wasn't planned that way, really. Tomorrow is our "free Sunday" when our encounter meetings are suspended for a day of rejoicing in the Lord. It just happened that one way we like to rejoice in the Lord as a community (especially when we are gathered from the four winds and are with sisters we haven't seen for quite some time) is to fire up the ol' grill. And it just happens that tomorrow will be the feast of St. Lawrence, known for all time as the deacon martyr who was grilled to death, but somehow maintained a wry sense of humor during the ideal. (He was the one who so famously said, "Turn me over now; I'm done on this side.")


Anonymous said...

Barbecues (or as we used to call them, Burnecue)was a favorite with my family. The accompanying dinner rolls were affectionately named "burn and serve rolls". My son in law carries on that tradition. Have fun and do invite St. Lawrence to the festivities. If he still has the same sense of humor he will be in the midst of you...make his RARE.

Anonymous said...

This from

(August) is also the month of "The Tears of St. Lawrence," more commonly known as the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Laurentius, a Christian deacon, is said to have been martyred by the Romans in 258 AD on an iron outdoor stove. It was in the midst of this torture that Laurentius cried out:

"I am already roasted on one side and, if thou wouldst have me well cooked, it is time to turn me on the other."

The saint's death was commemorated on his feast day, Aug. 10....the abundance of shooting stars seen annually between approximately Aug. 8 and 14 have come to be known as St. Lawrence's "fiery tears."