The feast of St. Lawrence is a Double of the Second Class in the Universal Kalendar and, amongst many other things, Patron of the Saint Lawrence Press. St. Lawrence's body is interred in the basilica of St. Lawrence-without-the-Walls in Rome. St. Lawrence was the first of the seven Roman deacons and known for his generosity to the poor. He was martyred in 258 according to tradition on a grid iron and asked his tormentors to turn him over as his flesh was roasted on the one side. The liturgical colour of the feast is red. St. Lawrence is listed in the Communicantes.
The Saint Lawrence Press came into being when the English branch of the SSPX stopped publishing the Ordo in 1983, a decade after it had been instigated by Fr. Peter Morgan and Mr. John Tyson. St. Lawrence was chosen as patron as he was a munificent deacon and whose feast had both a Vigil and an Octave.
Celebration of the feast began yesterday (with a Vigil by way of preparation) with first Vespers. The antiphons Laurentius ingressus est martyr etc were sung with psalms from the Common of Apostles, Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116. The chapter, antiphon on the Magnificat and collect were proper, the rest of the Office from the Common of Martyrs. A commemoration was sung of the preceding Office of St. John Mary Vianney.
At Mattins the invitatory Beatus Laurentius, Christi Martyr, triumphat coronatus in caelis: Venite, adoremus Dominum. The antiphons Quo progredis etc are sung in the first nocturn with psalms 1, 2 & 3. The lessons in the first nocturn are from the Book of Eccesiasticus. In the second nocturn the antiphons Beatus Laurentius etc are sung with psalms 4, 5 & 8. The lessons are from a sermon of St. Leo on St. Lawrence. In the third nocturn the antiphons Strinxerunt etc are sung 14, 16 & 20. The lessons in the third nocturn are from a sermon of St. Augustine on St. John's Gospel. The Te Deum is sung.At Lauds the antiphons Laurentius ingressus est martyr etc are sung with Dominical psalms.
At Prime and the Hours the antiphons from Lauds, Laurentius etc., are sung with the festal psalms. At Prime the Dominical preces are omitted and the lectio brevis is Potens est autem. At the Hours the Dominical psalms are sung.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung and the Common Preface is sung.
At second Vespers the antiphons Laurentius etc are again sung, at this Office with psalms 109, 110, 111, 112 * 115. The V&R are proper to the feast. At Compline the Dominical preces are omitted.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' the feast loses first Vespers. At the Hours the ferial psalms are sung, at Prime the lectio brevis is of the season.
Icon: Orthodox Church of America.