April 5, 2018

Feast of San Vincenzo Ferreri

O' Munacone
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
April 5th is the Feast day of San Vincenzo Ferreri (Saint Vincent Ferrer), patron saint of builders and protector of Naples. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Vincent Ferrer. The accompanying photo of the winged saint, known as the "Apocalyptic Angel" for his fiery sermons, was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sculpted in 1750 by the great Giuseppe Sanmartino, the work in terracotta depicts San Vincenzo with flames above his head, symbolizing his divine gift of tongues.
Prayer to St. Vincent Ferrer
O almighty and eternal God, you bountifully enriched St. Vincent Ferrer, your holy servant, with many graces and merits, and through his intercession have given a return to health to so many sick and infirm. Grant, we beg you, that by following his example and aided by his prayers, we may obtain the grace to despise the things of this world and to look to those of heaven, and thus be cleansed of our sinfulness. Grant that through his powerful aid we may be freed from all evils of body and soul. Amen.