From the Roman Martyrology: The Tenth Day of August.
At Rome, on the Tiburtine Way, the birthday of the blessed archdeacon Lawrence, a martyr during the persecution of Valerian. After much suffering from imprisonment, from scourging with whips set with iron or lead, from hot metal plates, he at last completed his martyrdom by being slowly consumed on an iron instrument made in the form of a gridiron. His body was buried by blessed Hippolytus and the priest Justin in the cemetery of Cyriaca, in the Agro Verano....
From holy Card of Saint Laurence:
Saint Laurence was one of the seven deacons who served the Church in Rome in the second half of the third century. Three days after the martyrdom of Pope St. Sixtus whom he had served faithfully, Laurence was apprehended by the Roman prefect who demanded from him the treasures of the Church. Laurence gathered the poor of Rome and presented them as the Riches of the Church. This so infuriated the prefect that he ordered that Laurence be roasted alive on a gridiron. In the midst of his torture he cheerfully admonished: "Let my body be turned, one side is broiled enough."
Few martyrs have been venerated so intensely or universally as Saint Laurence whose Feast occurs on August 10. He is the patron of cooks.
From the Anglican Missal:
O Lord, who knowest us to be sore beset by reason of our sins: mercifully grant that, like as thou didst enable thy blessed servant Lawrence to overcome the fires of his torments; so may we by thy grace assuage the flames of our temptations. Through.....