Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY, YouTube VIDEOS

Memorials of the Saints – 22 January

St Vincent of Saragossa (Died 304) Deacon – Protomartyr of Spain, Deacon, Deacon, Archdeacon, Preacher, assistant to St Valerius of Saragossa (Died 315), who was his Bishop and whose Memorial is also today, (Memorial)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/22/saint-of-the-day-22-january-st-vincent-of-saragossa-died-304-protomartyr-of-spain/

St Vincent Pallotti SAC (1795-1850) (Memorial) Priest, Missionary, Founder of the Pallottine Fathers and the Pallottine Missionary Sisters.
St Vincent here:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/01/22/saint-of-the-day-22-january-st-vincent-pallotti-1795-1850/

St Anastasius the Persian
St Antonio della Chiesa
St Blaesilla of Rome
St Brithwald of Ramsbury
St Caterina Volpicelli
St Dominic of Sora
Bl Esteve Santacana Armengol
St Francis Gil de Frederich de Sans

Blessed Giuseppe Giaccardo SSP (1896-1948)
Bl Giuseppe Nascimbeni
St Guadentius of Novara
Bl Ladislao Batthyany-Strattmann
Bl Laura Vicuna
Blessed Maria Mancini of Pisa OP (1356-1431) Widow, Thjrd Order Sister of the Order of Preachers
St Mateo Alonso de Leciñana

St Valerius of Saragossa (Died 315) Bishop,of Saragossa, Spain. There are few records of Valerius but tradition holds that he had a speech impediment and that the Protomartyr of Spain, Deacon, St Vincent of Saragossa, (also celebrated today), acted as his spokesman.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/22/saint-s-of-the-day-22-january-saint-valerius-of-saragossa-died-315-and-saint-vincent-of-saragossa-died-304-deacon-protomartyr-of-spain/

Bl Walter of Himmerode

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade SM (1761-1850) Priest and Founder of the Society of Mary, usually called the Marianists, Reformer, Evangeliser, Teacher, Missionary.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/22/saint-of-the-day-22-january-blessed-william-joseph-chaminade-sm-1761-1850/

Bl William Patenson

Martyrs of Puigcerda:
Orontius
St Victor
St Vincent

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Saint/s of the Day – 22 January – Saint Valerius of Saragossa (Died 315) and Saint Vincent of Saragossa (Died 304) Deacon – Protomartyr of Spain.

Saint/s of the Day – 22 January – Saint Valerius of Saragossa (Died 315) Bishop of Saragossa, Spain from 290 until his death. Patronage – Saragossa.

There are few records of Valerius but tradition holds that he had a speech impediment, and that the Deacon, St Vincent of Saragossa, acted as his spokesman.

Both Valerius and Vincent suffered imprisonment under Diocletian. Vincent was Martyred at Valencia. Valerius was exiled for a time to a place called Enet, near Barbastro but is known to have been present at the Council Elvira, (c 306).

A chapel dedicated to him can be found at La Seo Cathedral in Saragossa. It includes a baroque entryway of gilded wood from the seventeenth century with scenes of the saints Valerius, Vincent, and Lawrence.

Statue of St Valerius at the Monastery of Santa María de Veruel, Spain

Saint Vincent of Saragossa (Died 304) Deacon – Protomartyr of Spain. 22 January. Patronages – São Vicente, Lisbon, Diocese of Algarve, Valencia, Vicenza, Italy, vinegar-makers, wine-makers, Order of Deacons of the Catholic Diocese of Bergamo (Italy). His life and death here: https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/22/saint-of-the-day-22-january-st-vincent-of-saragossa-died-304-protomartyr-of-spain/

Vincent of Saragossa was one of the Church’s three most illustrious Deacons, the other two being Stephen and Lawrence. He is also Spain’s most renowned martyr. Ordained Deacon by St Valerius of Saragossa, he was taken in chains to Valencia during the Diocletian persecution and put to death. From legend we have the following details of his martyrdom. After brutal scourging in the presence of many witnesses, he was stretched on the rack but neither torture, nor blandishments, nor threats, could undermine the strength and courage of his faith. Next, he was cast on a heated grating, lacerated with iron hooks and seared with hot metal plates. Then he was returned to prison, where the floor was heavily strewn with pieces of broken glass. A heavenly brightness flooded the entire dungeon, filling all who saw it with greatest awe.

After this he was placed on a soft bed in the hope that lenient treatment would induce apostasy, since torture had proven ineffective. But strengthened by faith in Christ Jesus and the hope of everlasting life, Vincent maintained an invincible spirit and overcame all efforts, whether by fire, sword, rack, or torture, to induce defection. He persevered to the end and gained the heavenly crown of martyrdom.

Below are a few stanzas of the magnificent Hymn composed by Prudentius (c 348 – c 413) (Aurelius Prudentius Clemens), the renowned Poet, in honour of St Vincent. There is a short biography of Prudentius here: https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/08/quote-s-of-the-day-8-january-take-courage-it-is-i-and-bl-titus-zeman/

The Ambrosian Breviary has selected several verses of this long Poem, for one of its Hymns and there are offered to you.

O blessed Martyr!
bless this day of thy feast,
whereon the crown is given to thee,
the Conquero
and thou didst purchase it by thy blood.

This is the day which took thee
from this dark world to heaven
and restored thee in triumph to Christ,
for thou hadst conquered
thy torturer and thy judge.

Fellow now of the Angels,
thou shinest in thy bright stole,
which thou didst wash in the stream of thy blood,
for thou wast the invincible witness of Christ.

Thou wast a levite of the holy tribe,
a Minister of God’s altar,
which is surrounded by its seven snow-white pillars
and, by thy noble triumph,
thou art a Martyr of Christ.

Thou alone, O doubly noble!
didst bear away the palms of a double victory
and wreathe two laurels for thy brow.

Conqueror, once, in the hard death thou didst endure
and, then, after death,
thou wast conqueror over the tyrant-thief
and, with thy body alone,
didst gloriously defeat him.

Oh! by thy chains
and fires and hooks;
by thy prison-chains;
by the potsherds,
strewed to enhance thy glory.

Assist us now
and hear the humble prayers of thy suppliants
and make intercession for us sinners
at the throne of God.
Amen.

To God the Father
and to His Only Son
and to the Holy Paraclete,
be glory now and for all ages.
Amen

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Memorials of the Saints – 22 January

St Vincent of Saragossa (Died 304) Deacon – Protomartyr of Spain (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/22/saint-of-the-day-22-january-st-vincent-of-saragossa-died-304-protomartyr-of-spain/

St Vincent Pallotti SAC (1795-1850) (Optional Memorial)
St Vincent here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/page/1/

St Anastasius the Persian
St Antonio della Chiesa
St Blaesilla of Rome
St Brithwald of Ramsbury
St Caterina Volpicelli
St Dominic of Sora
Bl Esteve Santacana Armengol
St Francis Gil de Frederich de Sans

Blessed Giuseppe Giaccardo SSP (1896-1948)
Bl Giuseppe Nascimbeni
St Guadentius of Novara
Bl Ladislao Batthyany-Strattmann
Bl Laura Vicuna
Bl Maria Mancini
St Mateo Alonso de Leciñana
St Valerius of Saragossa (Died 315) Bishop
Bl Walter of Himmerode
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade SM (1761-1850)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/22/saint-of-the-day-22-january-blessed-william-joseph-chaminade-sm-1761-1850/

Bl William Patenson

Martyrs of Puigcerda:
Orontius
St Victor
St Vincent