Feast of St. Lawrence

Every year, on the night of 10 to August 11 Italians rush their eyes, full of hope in the sky to see a shooting star. For a long time that night commemorate the suffering of St. Lawrence (Saint Lawrence), and the star represents the rain poured down during the holy tears of unbearable physical torture. Wandering stars in the heavens forever and down to earth only on the day when Lawrence died, creating an atmosphere of magic and miracles of accomplishment ...

St. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome who were subjected to excruciating torture and religious persecution by the Roman Emperor Valerian in 258. During his reign, it was forbidden to organize meetings and meetings of Christian believers, as well as disrespectful to the rites and traditions of the Gentiles. A lot of priests and bishops were sentenced to death, and Christians related to the nobility or the parliament, have been deprived of their property and deported.

St. Lawrence worked closely with Pope Sixtus II (Pope Sixtus II), the first victims of the persecution of the emperor, assisted him in the preparation of the various rites, was responsible for the property of the church, as well as care for the poor. After the death of Pope prefect of Rome demanded that Lawrence to give him all the riches and treasures of the church in three days. Lawrence immediately organized the distribution of church property to the poor, to prevent unjust seizure.

Torture Holy LavrentiyaNa third day of head of a small delegation, he came to the meeting to the prefect, and when ordered to give up all the property, Lawrence provided him with the poor, the lame, the blind, suffering, and said that they are a real treasure and wealth of the church. For this act of defiance immediately followed by brutal torture.

It is believed that on the night of St. Lawrence can fulfill the desire of all those who remember the suffering martyr. At each shooting star says: "The star, my star, I wish to ..." and then, within a year, performance is expected to make a wish.

In the folk tradition, shooting stars are also called lights of St. Lawrence, because the sparks emanating from the hot lattice on which the martyr was killed, flew up into the sky. Though not exactly known as St. Lawrence died: one version was burned alive on the other hand, was beheaded as Pope Sixtus II. His body was buried in the street Tiburtina Rome (Tiburtina), and after some time, the Emperor Constantine I built a small chapel at the grave in his honor.