Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Saturday, 22 January 2022

St Vincent

Today is the feast day - along with that of St Anastasius - of St Vincent, the protomartyr of Spain, who is said to have suffered in 304. 

He is one of the three great deacon martyr saints along with St Stephen and St Lawrence, although he is perhaps less well known than the other two.

Devotion to him is focused on Saragossa, where he was deacon, Valencia where he was martyred and Lisbon where he was to eventually be enshrined.

I wrote about his depiction in art in 2016 in my post, although unfortunately not all the pictures downloaded successfully, at St Vincent

I have also come across a 2019 post from AnaStpaul about St Vincent has some of the same well-known images and others besides and can be seen at Saint of the Day – 22 January – St Vincent of Saragossa (Died 304) – Protomartyr of Spain

Wikipedia has an account of the magnificent and fascinating mid-fifteenth century paintings now known as the St Vincent panels in Lisbon, which depict the martyr - twice - surrounded by the identifiable elite of Portugal in the reign of King Afonso V and which can be viewed at Saint Vincent Panels

St Vincent with the members of the Portuguese royal house from the St Vincent Panels

Image: Wikipedia 

St Vincent Pray for us 

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