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Saint Vincent of Saragossa, the first martyr of Spain, was born in Huesca, Spain but spent most of his life in Saragossa, Spain. The exact date is not known due to when he was alive there were not good records kept. Vincent’s feast day is on the 22nd of January. He is said to have no brothers or sisters. His mother’s name was Enola and his father’s name was Eutricius (“St. Vincent of Saragossa”). Saint Vincent was educated in the Catholic religion (“St. Vincent of Saragossa”). He was instructed in sacred sciences and Christian piety at a young age. The quote, “there is no God but one,” says that there is only one God in the world who we should believe in (The Catholic Youth Bible, 1 Corinthians 8:4). This is an example of Saint Vincent of Saragossa because he only believes in one God and he also taught everyone to believe in only one God. Bishop Valerius of Saragossa noticed Vincent at a young age and knew he wanted him to preach to the people and teach others about the faith because of his knowledge. Bishop Valerius ordained Vincent a deacon at a young age in the third century (Attwater and Thurston 141). Bishop Valerius had a speech impediment which meant he tripped over his words and had trouble speaking to people (“St. Vincent of Saragossa”). Therefore the Bishop asked Vincent to speak for him and Vincent said, “Father if you order me I will speak” (Thurston and Attwater 142). Saint Vincent of Saragossa saying he would speak as his spokesman because of the bishop’s impediment. Vincent acted as his spokesman to help him. Vincent was also the first martyr of Spain. Dacian, the Roman Emperor of Spain, persecuted Christians. As a martyr he suffered many wounds for his faith and the people (“St. Vincent of Saragossa”). Nothing is proven as Vincent’s call to God. He was taught Christianity at a young age and preached to others until he was thrown in prison and later died. Vincent is known as a saint because he is a martyr, which means he died for his faith. Bishop Valerius, who ordained Vincent, was caught holding Christian services but because of all the persecution, Dacian the Emperor put the bishop in jail. Vincent was attending the services and visiting the bishop so he was also imprisoned. Vincent said that God sent the angels of heaven to protect and watch over him. He said his jail cell was lighted throughout with heavenly light and rose petals. He was also singing hymns as he suffered and died. Dacian forced them to not eat and told all guards to not give them food. Dacian sent Valerius far away and had Vincent badly beaten. Dacian told Vincent he would save his life if he handed over all of the sacred books. Vincent refused to hand over the books. Dacian ordered Vincent to be roasted on the gridiron. Vincent badly suffered from wounds, but he fought through all the pain and survived. After Dacian saw he still survived, he threw him into a dungeon that had broken pottery all over the floor of the entrapment. The emperor then had Vincent moved to a regular prison. Friends came to console him and pray with him. Christian women came to clean out his wounds and kiss all his sores. He had many wounds, including his flesh pierced with iron hooks, burned from being roasted on a gridiron and many more. Vincent died in his bed that day with friends surrounding him on January 22nd, 304 A.D. (“Saint Vincent of Saragossa”). There are two believed stories about the body of Vincent. The first belief is that his body was put in a bag for the prey, but a raven watched over and protected the body. If any bird came near, the raven would attack and drive away the prey. He loved God so much that he chose to suffer and die for him. The second belief is that Vincent’s body was sewn into a bag, tied to a rock and thrown into a sea to sink to the floor. At night the body was washed up onto the shore and people gave the body proper care and buried the body secretly. A chapel was constructed on top of the remains right outside of Valencia. Ever since persecution ended in 312, he has been celebrated on the 22nd of January. He loved God so much that he chose to suffer and die for him (“St. Vincent of Saragossa”). Vincent of Saragossa was canonized a saint in 1737. He is the patron of wine-growers, vinegar makers, Lisbon, Vincenza, and Italy (Glavich and et al.). He was given three characteristics of emblems after his death which were a raven, a grate, and a cross. Most pictures of Vincent show him holding an iron hook, him on a gridiron with spikes, torn with hooks and burnt with torches, and his corpse protected by eagles or ravens. Rome had a total of three churches dedicated to him. One was located near Saint Peter’s. Another one was located in Trastevere. The last one was built by Honorius the First (“St. Vincent of Saragossa”).I admire Saint Vincent because he fought for his life and died for all of the people who use to be alive, everyone who is now alive, and for all the ones that will be brought into our world. He was tortured many times and was wounded several times until he was brought to his death for his faith. Saint Vincent has pride and is known as a true fighter in my eyes. I would like to admire my faith as much as he did and do almost anything for my faith. I chose Saint Vincent of Saragossa because I saw him in my planner and wanted to learn more about him. Another reason is because I am Italian and he is a patron of Italy. His story of how he became a saint is also very empowering and I wanted to learn more about his life and background. Yes, I would like to be like Saint Vincent because I would like to share my religion with others as he did. He also spoke up against persecution and fought until he died. Saint Vincent put his faith above everything else, and that’s how I would like to live. He also stood up for his faith no matter what the punishment was, and even stood up for other people.

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