St. Vincent of Saragossa, Protomartyr of Spain
The protomartyr of Spain, St. Vincent was born at Huesca and became deacon
to Bishop Valerius, who had a speech impediment. He blessed Vincent to
preach on his behalf. When the persecutions ordered by Diocletian began in
Spain, the two were among the first arrested. Questioned by the governor,
Dacianus, at Valencia, both refused to renounce their faith and to
sacrifice to the gods. Valerius was exiled, and Vincent was tortured. He
was martyred in 304. The details of his death have been embellished over
the centuries. His memory was first celebrated in a poem by Prudentius,
which Augustine used as the basis of a sermon about Vincent.
Karen Rae Keck
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