Laurence of Canterbury

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Our father among the [[saint]]s '''Laurence of Canterbury''' (also ''Lawrence'') was the second [[Archbishop]] of Canterbury, succeeding St. [[Augustine of Canterbury]] in 604. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[February 2]] or [[February 3|3]].
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==Life==
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Born ''Laurentius'', nothing is known of the childhood of St. Laurence. His date of birth is not known. According to St. [[Bede]], Laurence was among the first [[missionary|missionaries]] to the Anglo-Saxons. He arrived in a party of [[missionary|missionaries]] with St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597, on the island of Thanet. Among their early [[conversion]]s to Christianity was King Ethelbert of Kent. After Augustine was consecrated bishop in Arles, Laurence was sent by Augustine to report to Pope [[Gregory the Great]] of their successes.
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In 601, Laurence returned with Mellitus, who became [[Bishop]] of London, and others with a [[pallium]] for Augustine and a collection of religious objects. Augustine probably [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] Laurence bishop a short time before he died, about 604, after which Laurence succeeded to the [[See]] of Canterbury. King Ethelbert died in 616 and was succeeded by his son Eadbald, who began a return of the populace to the heathen faith. This prompted many of the missionaries to flee to Gaul. Tradition relates that about 617-618 Laurence was among those who were giving up, but was visited by St. [[Apostle Peter|Peter]] in a vision. Peter berated Laurence and whipped him. The next day Laurence visited Eadbald and showed him the marks from the whipping, thus effecting Eadbald's conversion to Christianity.
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Laurence died on February 3, 619, and was buried with St. Augustine in St. Peter's Church, which was later dedicated as the St. Augustine Abbey Church.
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{{succession|
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before=St. [[Augustine of Canterbury|Augustine]]|
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title=[[Archbishop of Canterbury]]|
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years=604-619|
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after=Mellitus}}
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==External links==
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*[[w:Laurence_of_Canterbury]]
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*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09090a.htm Laurence of Canterbury]
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[[Category:Bishops]]
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[[Category:Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Saints]]
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[[Category:Saints]]
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