Vincent served faithfully in Spain as a Deacon in the diocese of Saragossa. He had the blessing from the Bishop to do most of the preaching as the Bishop had a speech impediment. He was tortured for Christ. Finally, like St. Laurence, was burned on an iron grid on November 11, 304. They threw his body out for the vultures to eat, but a raven defended it. The governor then ordered that his body be cast into the sea, but it floated to shore and a pious widow buried it. Later, a church was built over his grave. His relics were later translated to Rome and are preserved in the church named for him there.
In this icon by the hand of Nicholas Papas, he is holding a censer indicating he is a Deacon. He is holding a Cross, indicating his martyrdom.
you gave Saint Vincent
the courage to endure torture and death for the gospel:
fill us with your Spirit and strengthen us in your love.
From Christian Prayer