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St. Vincent Ferrer

Saint Vincent Ferrer


Vincent was born in 1350 in Valencia, the son of an Anglo-Scottish nobleman and his Spanish wife. An excellent student, he joined the Dominicans at the age of 17 and became a priest and a missionary. For decades, Vincent preached across Western Europe, converting thousands, followed by an army of penitents. He had the gift of tongues and worked countless miracles, including the resurrection of a murdered man. He considered himself an “angel of the apocalypse”, warning people to do penance and prepare for judgment. During the Western Schism, Vincent was loyal to Benedict XIII, who was eventually declared an antipope, but Vincent strove above all to encourage unity and an end to the schism, which he did live to see thanks to the Council of Constance. For most of his life Vincent slept on the floor, fasted constantly, rose at 2:00 in the morning to chant the Divine Office, and preached for up to three hours after his daily Mass. He died on April 5th, in the year of Our Lord 1419. At his canonization, eight hundred of his validated miracles were read aloud, with many more remaining when it was decided to move on and recognize his sainthood.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for April 5th

AT Vannes, in Brittany, St. Vincent Ferrer, confessor, of the Order of Preachers, who was mighty in word and deed, and converted many thousands of infidels to Christ.

At Thessalonica, St. Irene, virgin, who was imprisoned for having concealed the sacred books, contrary to the edict of Diocletian, was pierced with an arrow, and consumed by fire, by order of the governor Dulcetius, under whom her sisters Agape and Chionia had previously suffered.

In the island of Lesbos, the sufferings of five holy martyrs.

The same day, St. Zeno, martyr, who was flayed alive, besmeared with pitch, and then cast into the fire.

In Africa, the holy martyrs, who, in the persecution of the Arian king Genseric, were murdered in the church on Easter day. The lector, whilst singing Alleluia at the stand, was pierced through the throat with an arrow.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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