St. Vincent was born in Huesca, capital of the province of Aragon, into a Christian and important family within the Roman Empire. Under the guidance of Valerius, bishop of the city of Saragossa, he was admitted as a deacon for the service of his diocese. At the beginning of the fourth century – around 303 – he was arrested in the context of a new persecution of Christians. He died in prison, victim of torture. St. Vincent is the saint patron of the city of Lisbon and his feast day is celebrated on January 22.
Ship and crows
Attributes associated with the legend of St. Vincent’s crows: the ship transported his remains to Lisbon and the ravens marked the site of his original burial and accompanied the vessel during his transfer.
Eternal and almighty God,
infuse in us your Spirit,
so that our hearts and the hearts of so many young people
who are participating and will participate in WYD Lisbon 2023,
may be strengthened with the same love
that helped St. Vincent to endure martyrdom.
Through Christ our Lord.
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