Our Patron Saint
Laurence (sometimes spelled Lawrence, as on our banner opposite) was one of the seven Deacons in Rome and closely associated with Pope Sixtus II, martyred just a few days before him.
Laurence's examiners insisted that he produce the Church treasures. He promptly assembled the poor and reputedly said, `these are the treasures of the church'.
Laurence died on 10th August 258 ad. The story of his being put to death on a gridiron is a much later addition, commemorated in the form of the weather vane on the spire of Surfleet St Laurence takes the form of a gridiron.
Laurence's Collect reads:
who made Laurence a loving servant of your people
and a wise steward of the treasures of your church;
fire us with his example to love as he loved
and to walk in the way that leads to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord...
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