Saint Lawrence | Patron saint of cooks - “Turn me over, I’m done on this side”

Saint Lawrence

Died 258 A.D.

Feast day: August 10
Patron saint of cooks

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If every steak on the grill could be as considerate as St. Lawrence, there’d be less overcooked meat in the world. As he lay on a gridiron set over coals to be roasted to death, this early Christian martyr allegedly told his executioners, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side.” 

There’s another story that illustrates the generosity of soul which makes St. Lawrence an excellent patron saint for cooks preparing meals. When the emperor of Rome ordered the execution of all bishops, priests, and deacons, Lawrence, a deacon in charge of distributing goods to the poor, was ordered to hand over all the treasures of the church. Lawrence asked for three days to collect the bounty, and in that time gave away the church’s wealth to the poor. He returned to the emperor with a contingent of the city’s poor, crippled, blind, and sick, and said, “Here is the Church’s treasure.”

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