Readings:

Psalm 116:10-17
Jeremiah 26:12-15
Revelation 7:13-17 
Luke 12:4-12

Preface of a Saint (3)  

[Common of a Martyr]
[For Social Service]
[Of the Holy Cross]
 

PRAYER (traditional wording) 
   Almighty God, whose deacon Vincent, upheld by thee, was not terrified by threats nor overcome by torments: Strengthen us, we beseech thee, to endure all adversity with invincible and steadfast faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

PRAYER (contemporary wording) 
   Almighty God, whose deacon Vincent, upheld by you, was not terrified by threats nor overcome by torments: Strengthen us to endure all adversity with invincible and steadfast faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 
 

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VINCENT OF SARAGOSSA

DEACON AND MARTYR (22 JAN 304)

 

Detail of altarpiece showing St. Vincent, by Nuno GoncalvesThe title line above states almost all that is certainly known about Vincent, the earliest Spanish martyr whose name is known to us. It is said that he was brought to trial along with his bishop Valerius, and that since Valerius had a speech impediment, Vincent spoke for both, and that his fearless manner so angered the governor that Vincent was tortured and killed, though his aged bishop was only exiled. 

  by James Kiefer 

 

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