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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SS. Vincent and Anastasius

SS. Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs

Ordinary Time: January 22

Vincent, the deacon of Saragossa, and Anastasius, a monk of Persia, died the same day with an interval of 324 years (304-628), The head of St. Anastasius was brought to Rome and deposited in a church dedicated to him and St. Vincent: therefore their names are associated in one.

St. Vincent of Saragossa, one of the greatest deacons of the Church, suffered martyrdom in Valencia in the persecution under Diocletian. He was born in Huesca, Spain.

Under the emperors Diocletian and Maximian, the deacon Vincent, as formerly the deacon Laurence, was placed on a gridiron over burning coals. "God has tried them like gold in the furnace"; wherefore the names of Laurence and Vincent follow one another in the litany of the Saints for their "victorious brows are wreathed with the same laurels".

St. Anastasius was beheaded in 628, after suffering atrocious torment "but he was uphold by Christ for whose cause he was persecuted: Thy right hand, O Lord, hath broken the enemies".

On the burning coals Vincent exclaims: "I thought your cruelty would go still further. Anastasius also says:- I expected a more cruel kind of death."

Let us ask God, by the intercession of these holy martyrs, to help us to overcome our temptations and vices and work out our salvation.

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