Image via WikipediaSt Laurence was a deacon in the Church of Rome, and was martyred on this day in 258. It was common in those days for a deacon to be in charge of the Church's finances. When arrested by Roman authorities, he was ordered to turn over the treasures of the Church. He pointed to a crowd of poor people and is reputed to have said "here are the Church's treasures". He was tortured to death on a gridiron.
Our Anglican parish in Lanzarote is dedicated to St Laurence. It includes four congregations on the island of Lanzarote itself, and is also overseeing the development of a new congregation of St James in the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, all served by the priest Fr Idris Vaughan and the reader Mr David Dowdell.
The parish has an attractive website here.