Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Vincent
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:
- The patron of Vintners
- Memorial Day / Feast Day: January 22nd
- Born at Cimiez, France
- Date of Death: Saint Vincent was Martyred in A.D. 304
- Cause of Death: Drowned
Who or what is Saint Vincent the patron saint of?
Saint Vincent is the patron of Vintners. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.
The Story and History of Saint Vincent
The story and history of Saint Vincent. St. Vincent was born in Born at Cimiez, France and became the Deacon of Saragossa in the former Kingdom of Aragon, Spain. Saint Vincent lived during the joint reigns of two Roman Emperors. The Roman Emperor Maximian, who was Roman Emperor for the Western Empire from 286 to 305 and Diocletian (r.284-305). who mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church especially in the East of the Roman Empire. This was an extremely dangerous time to adhere to the Christian faith due to persecutions of the Roman Emperors, and Saint Vincent, having been appointed a Deacon of the church, was arrested by Dacian the governor of Spain. He was put to the torture by his flesh being lacerated by iron forks and thrown into the sea. His body is said to be cast up by the sea on the promontory now designated Cape St. Vincent where it was protected from wild beasts, that came there to devour it, by crows or ravens.
Death of Saint Vincent
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Vincent died in A.D. 304. Cause of Death: Tortured and Drowned.
How Saint Vincent is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Vincent in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa, is represented in Christian Art in a deacon's dress, and with a crow, having a pitchfork in its mouth, by his side. We are told that his flesh was lacerated by iron forks, and that, after his body was cast up by the sea on the promontory now designated Cape St. Vincent, it was protected from wild beasts that came there to devour it by crows or ravens.
Feast Day of Saint Vincent
The Feast Day of Saint Vincent is January 22nd. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.