Fourth Day in the Octave of St. Laurence


From the Monastic Breviary translated by the late Fr. Jack Whitbrock:

WAS it said to Saint Lawrence: thou shouldest not have spent the treasures of the Church, sold sacramental vessels? It is necessary that someone should do this work with sincere faith and clear foresight. Indeed if anyone puts it to his own profit, it is a crime: but if he spends it on the poor, or redeems a captive, it is mercy. For no one can say, Why does the poor man live? No one can question why captives have been redeemed. No one can make an accusation because a temple of God has been built. No one can be indignant, because space is allowed for the human remains of the faithful: none can grieve, that the departed rest in Christian burial. In these three kinds of ways even dedicated vessels of the Church may be broken up, melted down, sold.

~ Lesson iij at Matins.

Concerning Sts. Hippolytus & Cassian:

HIPPOLYTUS, having been baptized by Saint Lawrence, was taking the Eucharist in his own house, when he was arrested and brought to the Emperor Valerian, and being questioned by him about the profession of his religion, freely professed that he was a Christian. Therefore he was beaten with clubs: and when his faith was found the more constant under these blows, he was tempted with gifts and the promise of honours. And since all these words were in vain, he was handed over to the Prefect to be killed. He, coming to Hippolytus’ home to confiscate his goods, found that all his fanily was Christian: and failing to deter them from their Christian faith, he first had Concordia, Hippolytus’ nurse, beaten with leaden whips, as she was encouraging the others, and then ordered the rest to be killed outside the Tiburtine gate. Hippolytus was dragged by wild horses through places full of thorns and thistles until with lacerated body he gave up his spirit to God, and together with the others was buried by the presbyter Justin at the Veran field. On the same day, at the Forum of Sylla, Cassian the martyr was most cruelly tormented: for with his hands tied behind his back he was handed over to be pierced and tortured with the iron pens of the boys whom he used to teach. And as their strength was less, so much the greater and longer was the pain of his martyrdom, and his palm the more glorious.

Lesson xij, if the Fourth day would be on a Sunday.

Fr. Gregory Wassen

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I am an Anglican Catholic Priest, currently residing in Orvelte, the Netherlands.
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