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Vincent of Saragossa

St. Vincent of Saragossa

Born: unknown

Died: c.304

Canonized: pre-Congregation

Feast Day: January 22

Patron Saint of: vintners, winegrowers

Vincent of Saragossa is the earliest known Spanish martyr. It is said that he was brought to trial by the governor Dacian along with his bishop Valerius, and that since Valerius had a speech impediment, Vincent spoke for both. His fearless manner so angered Dacian that Vincent was horribly tortured and killed; his aged bishop was only exiled.

As the legend goes, Vincent's corpse was thrown into a bog to be torn apart by wild, hungry animals. Witnesses say that a bird, a raven, protected the saint's remains fighting off all of the beasts that dared to try to feast.

Also known as Vincent of Huesca.