Friday, August 12, 2005
August 10th was the feast day of Saint Lawrence, the patron saint of librarians. He was a deacon who was said to have been roasted on a grill in the hope that he would reveal the names of the Christians on the list he kept as librarian and archivist of the early church. This was the original story, and pictures portrayed him with a book and the grill. However, more recent stories say he was probably beheaded, and that he kept the treasury of the church. As a librarian, I don't mind updated research, but I like the original story that he refused to reveal the names on the list.