Saint for the Day - January 22 - St. Vincent,
Vincent was archdeacon
of the church at Saragossa. Valerian, the bishop,
had an impediment in his speech; thus Vincent
preached in his stead, and answered in his name when
both were brought before Dacian, the president,
during the persecution of Diocletian.
When the bishop was sent into banishment, Vincent
remained to suffer and to die. First of all, he was
stretched on the rack; and, when he was almost torn
asunder, Dacian, the president, asked him in mockery
"how he fared now." Vincent answered, with joy in
his face, that he had ever prayed to be as he was
then. It was in vain that Dacian struck the
executioners and goaded them on in their savage
The martyr's flesh was torn with hooks; he was bound
in 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 unmoved. He
was cast into a solitary dungeon, with his feet in
the stocks; but the angels of Christ illuminated the
darkness, and assured Vincent that he was near his
His wounds were now tended to prepare him for fresh
torments, and the faithful were permitted to gaze on
his mangled body. They came in troops, kissed the
open sores, and carried away as relics cloths dipped
in his blood. Before the tortures could recommence,
the martyr'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 of Christ.
Saint for the Day - St. Vincent, Martyr
Read about the Saint for today - January 22 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Do you wish to be at peace
amidst suffering and temptation?
Then make it your principal
endeavor to grow in habits of
prayer and in union with Christ.
Have confidence in Him. He will
make you victorious over your
spiritual enemies and over
yourself. He will enlighten your
darkness and sweeten your
sufferings, and in your solitude
and desolation He will draw nigh
to you with His holy angels.
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