August 10th is Saint Lorenzo’s day, the date has already passed but we thought we would share this with you. I didn’t know cooks had a patron Saint!
Saint Lorenzo, was one of seven deacons under Pope St. Sixtus and was condemned to death by the Prefect of Rome. The story goes that as he was being grilled, he called out to those torturing him and said, ” Turn me over I’m done on this side!”. Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and that the Catholic Faith may spread all over the world. And right before he died, he said, “It’s cooked enough now.”
Based on this story, it is said that Saint Lorenzo is the patron Saint of cooks. He is also the patron Saint of cooking school located at the Mercato Centrale in Florence which is also called Mercato San Lorenzo, named for the church. The beautiful Medici chapel is located on the backside of the San Lorenzo church with Michelanglo’s famous statues Dawn and Dusk/ Night and Day, created for the Medici tombs housed in the Chapel.
Lord, guide my willing hands, to bake my bread today.
To mix a little laughter, in what I do or say.
Help me to feed my family with good food seasoned right.
With wisdom of a loving heart, keep my kitchen shining bright.
Guide my erring thoughts to Heaven, when my spirit is sad and low.
Help me to set my dinner table, with food for hearts that glow.
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