Sts. Vincent & Anastasius
Vincent, born at Huesca in Spain, was an earnest student even as a child. He learned the sacred sciences from Valerius, Bishop of Saragossa, and then took over the work of preaching the Gospel, since the bishop could not fulfill his preaching office because of an impediment of speech. For this reason, Vincent was reported to the wicked prefect, Dacian, and brought to him in Valencia.
He suffered imprisonment, hunger, racking and many other tortures, and gained the crown of martyrdom on the 22nd of January.
Anastasius, a Persian monk, made a pilgrimage to the holy places in Jerusalem at the time of the emperor Heraclius.
At Caesarea in Palestine he steadfastly endured imprisonment and scourging for professing his faith in Christ. Soon after, in Persia, he was afflicted by King Chosroes with many tortures for the same cause and was beheaded, together with seventy other Christians. His relics were first brought to Jerusalem, then taken to Rome, and finally placed in the monastery at Aquae Salviae.
Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. I: Advent to Passion Sunday (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), p. 1712.
Epistle and Gospel for January 22