St. Laurence
Within the broken Vatican
   The murdered Pope is lying dead.
The soldiers of Valerian
   Their evil hands are wet and red.
Unarmed, unmoved, St. Laurence waits,
   His cassock is his only mail.
The troops of Hell have burst the gates,
   But Christ is Lord, He shall prevail.
They have encompassed him with steel,
   They spit upon his gentle face,
He smiles and bleeds, nor will reveal
   The Church’s hidden treasure-place.
Ah, faithful steward, worthy knight,
   Well hast thou done. Behold thy fee!
Since thou hast fought the goodly fight
   A martyr’s death is fixed for thee.
St. Laurence, pray for us to bear
   The faith which glorifies thy name.
St. Laurence, pray for us to share
   The wounds of Love’s consuming flame.

Webpage © 2001 ELC
Lane Core Jr. (
Created April 3, 2001; not revised.