Fra Angelico was the artist who painted this scene of St Lawrence receiving the sacred vessels from Pope Sixtus. Both Pope Sixtus and St Lawrence were martyred in the third century.

As a Deacon, Lawrence was commanded to bring the treasures of the Church by the then Prefect of Rome. He brought the poor! He said: ‘Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones, those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the Church’s crown’. The prefect was furious, and had Lawrence condemned to death by roasting on a gridiron.

May he pray for us, and for all the Deacons of the Church, and may God bless you in your own vocation this day.