This will be of little interest to anyone but other librarians, but according to an email I received today from ALIA, apparently librarians, libraries, and archivists have their own patron saint, Saint Lawrence, a deacon of the Roman church, who died in 258. August 10 is his memorial day, but I don't plan to put up an icon of him in my office to mark the occasion or to honour his memory. Coming from a Churches of Christ and Baptist background, the veneration or commemoration of saints has never been a part of my Christian heritage.
Having said that, we can learn much from our Christian forebears, who to the extent that I know about them, are an example to me with their boldness and courage in being willing to die for their faith if necessary. These characteristics should be recognised where appropriate, and Christian martyrs should be given the respect due to them. In the year 258, the Roman Emperor Valerian issued a decree ordering the execution of all bishops, deacons, and priests. Such was the fate of Lawrence and many of his peers. For his part, Lawrence suffered the rather unpleasant fate of being cooked alive on a gridiron.