Born in Huesca, Aragon (Modern Spain) he was the deacon to the Bishop St. Valerius of Saragossa. It was known by the Christians in Spain the St. Valerius had a speech impediment. St. Vincent would speak on his behalf in public. He also read and preached for his beloved Bishop.
Both St. Vincent and St. Valerius were seized and put to trial by Emperor Diocletian. Saint Vincent spoke for the Bishop. Not only did he refuse to renounce his faith in Jesus. He was given the opportunity to share the Gospel.
Frustrated with Saint Vincent Emperor Diocletian threw St. Vincent into prison, and exiled St. Valerius This was all part of the persecutions of Diocletian. The cruelest and most wide spread persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.
Blessed Vincent was put to the trials. After a time of torture he was offered the opportunity to renounce his faith and hand over his religious books to be burned. Refusing Saint Vincent was burned on the gridirons. Escaping death he was then drug over broken pottery and sharp stone. By the power of the Holy Spirit St. Vincent Rejoiced for his sufferings. Seeing the strength of Saint Vincent the warden of the prison was converted. The warden made St. Vincent as comfortable as he could.
When Emperor Diocletian received word about the strength of St. Vincent he was deeply enraged, and dumbfounded by his victory over death. He sent word to Spain to have St. Vincent cleaned and his wounds treated. He told them to put him in a luxurious room. To cloth him in the finest of cloths and lay him on a bed stuffed with feathers. To sprinkled the bed with roses petals.
Diocletians thought was if torture did not bring a end to St. Vincent then the opposite would. It was in this bed that Vincent expired dying a death of a martyr in the year 305.
Saint Vincent in the patron saint on Acolytes. Many Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican parishes are members of The Order of Saint Vincent. This is a lay order for men woman and children who serve at the altar of our Lord. More can be read here
Almighty God, whose deacon Vincent, upheld by you, was not terrified by threats nor overcome by torments: Strengthen us to endure all adversity with invincible and steadfast faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
“To you has been granted in Christ’s behalf not only that you should believe in him but also that you should suffer for him.” Vincent had received both these gifts and held them as his own. For how could he have them if he had not received them? And he displayed his faith in what he said, his endurance in what he suffered. No one ought to be confident in his own strength when he undergoes temptation. For whenever we endure evils courageously, our long-suffering comes from him Christ. He once said to his disciples: “In this world you will suffer persecution,” and then, to allay their fears, he added, “but rest assured, I have conquered the world.” There is no need to wonder then, my dearly beloved brothers, that Vincent conquered in him who conquered the world. It offers temptation to lead us astray; it strikes terror into us to break out spirit. Hence if our personal pleasures do not hold us captive, and if we are not frightened by brutality, then the world is overcome. At both of these approaches Christ rushes to our aid, and the Christian is not conquered. from a sermon by Saint Augustine of Hippo