Saint Lawrence: Why a FEAST instead of a MEMORIAL?


#1

It seems August 10 is the feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr. Most other saints except the Apostles have their feast days classified as memorials.

Why is Saint Lawrence's different?


#2

Because he is especially well-known and has an especially strong cult. As the Catholic Encyclopedia remarks, “Since the fourth century St. Lawrence has been one of the most honoured martyrs of the Roman Church.”


#3

Sorry, it was a funny but bad pun…


#4

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Because he is especially well-known and has an especially strong cult. As the Catholic Encyclopedia remarks, "Since the fourth century St. Lawrence has been one of the most honoured martyrs of the Roman Church."

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But that's true of a lot of other saints as well, and their days are still classified as memorials. Saint Francis of Assisi's, for instance (October 4), is a memorial. Saint Athanasius' (May 2) is a memorial. Etc.

Does anyone know the concrete history of and the specific reason for Saint Lawrence's being a feast?


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