October 27, 2019

Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco

San Vincenzo Martire, ora pro nobis
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
The fourth Sunday of October is the Feast of San Vincenzo, Legionnaire and Martyr. He is the patron Saint of Craco in Basilicata (Lucania). In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Vincent.(1) The accompanying photo of the reclining statue of San Vincenzo and relic was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York. The picture of the standing statue was taken during the 2012 Feast of San Vincenzo Martire at now closed Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Manhattan, the national shrine of San Vincenzo. For more on Saint Vincent's Feast Day please visit the Craco Society and the San Fele SocietyEvviva San Vincenzo!
Prayer to St. Vincent,
Patron of Craco, Lucania

O strong and glorious St. Vincent, our distinguished patron, who had the honor of giving your life for loyal testimony to Jesus Christ, turn your loving gaze on us who by wise design of providence, are, the unworthy, fortunate guardians of your relics.

Teach us, oh, generous Martyr, the tenacity to do good in the way in which you serve as model, having preserved good intentions even when you were violently torn from the quiet life of our family.

Communicate with our souls a little of the great love which you showed evidence of in your lifetime. Pray to the Lord Jesus
that because the generosity of your love of the Cross, that our hearts will be evermore enkindled. Present to Jesus, sweet friend of our souls and crown of Martyrs our earnest desire to support courageously, like you, every suffering of our lives, Amen

(1) A Prayer to St. Vincent courtesy of the San Felese Society