Today's Saints: (January 22): Vincent, Deacon and Martyr, Anastasius, Monk and Martyr

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In the early Church persecution of Christians was not limited merely to Rome. Vincent (pictured to the left) was a deacon in Spain, and suffered martyrdom under the hand of Dacian, the Roman governor, during the 4th century.

Some 300 years later Anastasius, a persian convert to Christianity, became a monk and suffered martyrdom in Assyria. Both saints remind us that Christian persecution occurs throughout the world and that as our Lord said to his disciples, He says to us in our day, also, "Ye shall be hated of all men for my Name's sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls." (The day's gospel, page F10, People's Anglican Missal)

The Day's Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia article on Vincent

Books Worth Considering
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
Fox's Book of Martyrs
Their Blood Cries Outamazon
Reason Is Beguiled: On the Mystery of Martyrdom and of Total Self Gift
By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century

Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church