Saint Brigid Religious Education
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West Hartford, CT 06110
Feast day: January 22
Saint Vincent was archdeacon of the church at Saragossa, Spain.
Valerian, the bishop, was prevented from preaching by a speech
impediment, and named Vincent to preach in his stead. He answered in the
bishop’s name when, during the persecution of Diocletian, both were
brought before Dacian, the presiding officer. When the bishop was sent
into banishment, Vincent was retained, to suffer and to die.
First he was stretched on the rack; and when he was almost torn asunder,
Dacian asked him in mockery “how he fared now.” Vincent answered, with
joy on his countenance, that he had always prayed to be as he was then.
It was in vain that Dacian struck the executioners and goaded them on in
their savage work. The martyr’s flesh was torn with
hooks; he was bound
to a chair of red-hot iron; lard and salt were rubbed into his wounds;
and amid all this he kept his eyes raised to heaven, and remained
The holy martyr was cast into a solitary dungeon, his feet placed in the
stocks; but the Angels of Christ illuminated the darkness, and assured
Vincent that he was near his triumph. His wounds were now ordered to be
tended, to prepare him for fresh torments, and the faithful were
permitted to gaze on his mangled body. They came in troops, kissed his
wounds and carried away as relics, cloths colored with his blood. Before
the tortures could resume, Saint Vincent’s hour came, and he breathed
forth his soul in peace.
Even the dead bodies of the Saints are precious in the sight of God, and
the hand of iniquity cannot touch them. A raven guarded the body of
Vincent where it lay flung upon the earth. When it was sunk out at sea,
the waves cast it ashore; and his relics are preserved to this day in
the Augustinian monastery at Lisbon, for the consolation of the Church