Here, in Fra Angelico’s painting, we see Pope Sixtus (whom we commemorated on 7 August) presenting St Lawrence with chalice and paten. During the persecution of Valerian in the third century, Lawrence was ordered to hand over the treasures of the Church. He proceeded to fill the Church with the poor, and presented them to the prefect, saying famously, ‘These are the treasures of the Church’.

May he pray for us, and may God bless you this day.