The Martyrs Archdeacon Laurence, Pope Sixtus, Deacons Felicissimus and Agapitus, the Soldier Romanus had been residents of Rome, and suffered within the 12 months 258 underneath the emperor Valerian (253-259). Holy Pope Sixtus, born at Athens, obtained a tremendous training, preached in Spain and was made bishop in Rome following the martyr’s demise of Holy Pope Stephen (253-257, commemorated on August 2).
These had been instances when a pope occupying the Roman throne, was identified to decide on demise for the religion. In a short time Saint Sixtus additionally was arrested and put in jail collectively along with his deacons Felicissimus and Agapitus.
When the holy archdeacon Laurence visited Pope Sixtus, whom they held in jail, he cried out with tears: “Whither artwork thou gone, father? Why hast thou forsaken thine archdeacon, with whom all the time thou hast supplied the Cold Sacrifice? Take thy son with thee, that I could also be thy companion in having blood shed for Christ!”
Saint Sixtus answered him: “I’ve not forsaken thee, my son. I’m previous and go to a straightforward demise, however but better sufferings await thee. Know, that after three days upon our demise thou shalt comply with after me. And now go, take the church treasury and distribute it to the poor and needy Christians.” Saint Laurence zealously did the bidding of the holy hierarch.
Having heard, that Pope Sixtus had been taken to trial with the deacons, Saint Laurence went there in order to witness their deed, and he stated to the holy bishop: “Father, I’ve already fulfilled thy command, and distributed by hand thine treasury; forsake me not!” Listening to one thing about treasure, troopers put him underneath guard, and the opposite martyrs had been beheaded (+6 August 258).
The emperor locked up Saint Laurence in jail and ordered the chief jailer Hyppolitus to maintain watch over him. In jail Saint Laurence with prayer healed the sick gathered along with him and he baptized many.
Astonished by this, Hyppolitus himself believed and accepted Baptism from Saint Laurence along with all his family. Quickly the archdeacon Laurence was once more delivered to the emperor and commanded to supply the hidden treasure. Saint Laurence answered: “Give me a interval of three days, and I shalt present thee this treasure”.
Throughout this time the saint gathered up a crowd of the poor and the sick, who ate solely due to the charity of the Church, and bringing them he defined: “Listed below are the vessels wherein is contained the treasure. And everybody, who places their treasure in these vessels, will obtain them in abundance within the Heavenly Kingdom”.
After this they gave Saint Laurence over to fierce tortures, urging him to worship idols. The martyr was scourged (with a tremendous iron flail with sharp needles), they burned his wounds with fireplace, and struck at him with steel switches. On the time of the martyr’s struggling, the soldier Romanus instantly cried out: “Saint Laurence, I behold a brilliant youth, who standeth about thee therapeutic thy wounds.
Beseech thy Lord Christ to not forsake me!” After this they stretched Saint Laurence on a rack and returned him to jail to Hyppolitus. Romanus introduced there a waterpot with water and besought the martyr to baptize him. And instantly after the Baptism of the soldier, he was beheaded (+9 August).
Once they took Saint Laurence to his closing torture, Saint Hyppolitus needed to declare himself a Christian and die along with him, however the confessor stated: “Conceal for now thy confession in thy coronary heart.”
After some size of time I shall summon thee, and thou shalt hear and are available unto me. Weep not for me, however somewhat rejoice, for I’m going to obtain an excellent crown of martyrdom.”
They positioned him in an iron cage, underneath which they set an intense fireplace, and the flames of the hearth flicked in the direction of the physique of the martyr. Saint Laurence, glancing on the governor, stated: “Right here now, you burn solely however one aspect of my physique, flip over the opposite and do my complete physique”.
Dying, he uttered: “I thank Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, that Thou hast accounted me worthy to enter into Thy gates” — and with these phrases he gave up the spirit.
Saint Hyppolitus took the physique of the martyr by evening, he wrapped it in a shroud with ointments and gave it over to the priest Justin. Over the relics of the martyr within the residence of the widow Kyriake they made an all-night vigil and Divine Liturgy.
All of the Christians current partook of the Holy Mysteries and with honor they buried the physique of the holy martyr Archdeacon Laurence in a cave on 10 August 258. Saint Hyppolitus and different Christians suffered three days after the demise of Saint Laurence (13 August), as he had foretold them of this.
Troparion — Tone 4
Victorious martyr of Christ our God, / by the signal of the Cross you gave sight to the blind; / you distributed the riches of the Church to the poor; / you had been tried by fireplace and no evil was present in you. / As you endured the burning, / might your prayers extinguish the flames of our many sins, / blessed Archdeacon Laurence!
Tr by oca.org