Saint Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)
|General Timeline of the Saint’s Life|
|January 23, 1350||Born in Valencia, Spain, the fourth child of William Ferrer and Constantia Miguel.|
|1367||St. Vincent enters the Order of Preachers.|
|1370||St. Vincent teaches philosophy in Lérida, Spain.|
|1373||St. Vincent moves to the Dominican studium in Barcelona, where he takes on an active apostolate of preaching and teaching.|
|1377||St. Vincent begins a period of further study in Toulouse, France.|
|1379||St. Vincent joins the entourage of Cardinal Pedro de Luna, a major advocate of the Avignon popes.|
|1385-1390||St. Vincent teaches theology at the cathedral in Valencia, Spain.|
|1391-1395||St. Vincent serves as confessor to Queen Yolanda of Aragon.|
|September, 1394||Cardinal de Luna is elected in Avignon as Pope Benedict XIII. He names St. Vincent his confessor and Apostolic Penitentiary.|
|September, 1398||St. Vincent is miraculously cured of a severe illness and receives his new mission as a preacher of judgment.|
|November, 1399||Benedict releases St. Vincent from his service, freeing him to begin his new mission.|
|1399-1419||St. Vincent preaches all over western Europe.|
|April 5, 1419||St. Vincent dies in Vannes, Brittany.|
|June 3, 1445||St. Vincent is canonized by Pope Calixtus III at the Dominican church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome.|
The Wonder Worker
Compiled by Cora Minnaji, OP
(The following text printed in booklet form is available in the Parish Office.)
The Church and the Shrine
Above the high altar in the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer is what is known as the “triptych,” or three-paneled painting depicting the miracles of St. Vincent Ferrer. The patron saint is clearly visible standing at the head of a long procession of Dominican friars. The procession is seen coming from a church pictured on a hill. The church is a miniature painting of the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer.
In the painting, the saint can be seen bearing in his hands his symbols—a trumpet of judgment and a book. On the right side, the sick and afflicted men and women await the touch of the hand of God’s wonder-worker. On the left, a group begs St. Vincent to perform again one of his greatest miracles, the restoration of a dead man to life.
Above the high altar are the windows of the sanctuary. The great East or Main Window is the “Window of the Last Judgment,” founded on the vision of St. John as recorded in the Book of the Apocalypse. St. Vincent Ferrer, the “Preacher of the Judgment,” likened himself to the Angel of the Judgment foretold in the Apocalypse of St. John. Thus, he is the central figure, holding a trumpet, with the Seventh Angel of the Apocalypse pictured behind him. The theme of this whole magnificent window is based on eight chapters of the Book of the Apocalypse: 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, and 19.
In the body of the church, occupying a commanding point of view, is the Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer. The marble statue represents him preaching. He wears the cappa, the black preaching cloak of the Dominican Order. His hand is upraised, and the flame of the Holy Spirit is depicted above him. St. Vincent was the Preacher of the Judgment; thus, his best-known symbol is the Trumpet of the Judgment, seen on the right of the iron rail that encloses the shrine. The burden of his preaching is engraved in the brightly illuminated book he carried: Timete Deum quia venit hora Judicii Ejus (“Fear God, for the hour of his judgment is coming” – Rev. 14:7). This is the text on which he preached so often. To the right, engraved in stone: Timete Deum et date illi honorem (“Fear God and give him honor” – Rev. 14:7). Beneath his statue is the inscription: “St. Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.”
The floor of the shrine is ornamented with tiny bells and, in front, a large Dominican shield. The Miracle Bell hangs to the right of the shrine. It was rung daily at the services held in honor of the saint. It is placed there as a reminder that it was St. Vincent Ferrer’s custom to use a bell to call the people of the town together. These gatherings in the evenings were accompanied by astounding miracles. Historical evidence shows that at these gatherings Saint Vincent Ferrer would cure the lame, the sick, the dying, and raise the dead to life. He would deliver those possessed by evil spirits. All the afflictions and miseries of humankind, distress and disease, moral evils, and even death itself disappeared at the saint’s touch.
Since the erection of this shrine, Vincent Ferrer, still the sympathetic lover of the poor and afflicted, has performed countless wonders on the bodies and souls of those who call upon his help.
Contemporary evidence pictures St. Vincent Ferrer to have been a man of medium height, with a lofty forehead and very distinct features that seemed to inspire a sense of reverence and awe in all who knew him. His hair was fair in color and shaven in the form of a monastic tonsure, which is said to have resembled an areola of glory around his head. His eyes were very dark, very expressive, and full of fire, which were tempered, however, by his ever gentle manner. Pale as was his ordinary color, it is said that he became slightly ruddy when preaching. Although his handsomeness faded in later years as a result of his arduous labors and the austerities that he practiced, it became changed rather than vanished. His countenance took on a transparent peacefulness or glow that seemed to be the reflection of the inward beauty of his great spirit that was aflame with the love of God and of his neighbor. His voice was strong and powerful, at times gentle, resonant, and vibrant as it seemed to search deeply the heart and to inspire fear when fear was needed and to soothe with exquisite tenderness when comfort was needed.
St. Vincent Ferrer, the second son and fourth child of William Ferrer and Constance Miguel, was born in Valencia, Spain, on the 23rd of January, 1350. He was baptized the same day in the Church of St. Stephen and was named after St. Vincent Martyr, the patron saint of Valencia, a name that proved to be a prophetic one.
Vincent’s birth was anything but a quiet affair! It is said that his mother, who was accustomed to difficult pregnancies, experienced only an indescribable goodness and joy at the birth of her son. This experience was accompanied by Vincent’s father’s dream in which a Dominican friar announced to him that his son would one day enter the Order of Preachers and his fame would spread throughout the world. A poor blind woman, when giving thanks to the mother of the saint for alms, astounded her by prophesying, “O happy mother, it is an angel that you bear, and one day he will give me my sight!” It is recorded that the woman did receive her sight.
From his cradle it seemed that, in a very special way, the hand of God rested on Vincent Ferrer, who received the gift of miracles on the same day that he received the grace of Baptism. There are many remarkable cures and healings attributed to him at an early age.
Ever mindful of the extraordinary circumstance of his birth, the young Vincent was carefully watched over by his solicitous parents. The influence of his uniquely Christian home and environment supported and encouraged the special gifts he received form God. The word and example of his parents played a large part in Vincent’s formation. It was natural then that this compassion for the poor was also conspicuous in Vincent from an early age and in large part influenced all of his life. This is better told from an excerpt from one of his sermons on love of the poor.
As the mother of Master Vincent taught her son, alms must be given with compassion, for Christ came to Jerusalem to bestow the alms of His teaching and His works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal, by healing sinners and the sick. It is a far greater mercy to give his sight to a poor blind man than a florin. Now Christ was first moved by compassion, for seeing the city, He wept over it. Thus he taught the rich that they ought to give alms to the poor in spirit by compassionating their poverty and need before they bestow temporal alms.
This is the second reason why Christ wept over Jerusalem, for He knew how many were poor in the righteousness of their lives, poor in holiness, and poor in devotion. He knew likewise how many were poor in health, poor in sight, hearing, and speech. And so He compassionated before healing. A penny given in this way, with compassion, is worth far more than a florin given from the purse only and not from the heart.
At an early age, Vincent showed remarkable intellectual talents, easily surpassing his classmates in his studies. He began his classical studies at eight years of age and finished his philosophy and theology when he was but fourteen.
He was not, however, a cold intellectual, but possessed a graceful innocence and happy disposition that endeared him to all. This purity of spirit nurtured his sense of beauty. He loved the beauties of nature, especially the countryside and the sea, for in all of nature he related to the love of his Creator.
When Vincent was eighteen he decided to enter the Order of St. Dominic. He was clothed with the Dominican habit on Sunday, February 5, 1367. Vincent’s great love for St. Dominic led him to become well acquainted with the saint’s life, so that he might imitate, as far as possible, the virtues of that great saint. Like Dominic, he sealed himself with the mark of the crucified by a life of rigid mortification and penance. Especially was he impressed by St. Dominic’s love of sacred learning, and after Vincent’s profession he gave himself with great earnestness to the study of theology and to reading the Holy Scriptures, so that, he, too, might become a preacher of the Gospel as was St. Dominic.
One of the greatest lessons Vincent learned from St. Dominic was a love of the Holy Scriptures. He studied these with great diligence until he knew them almost by heart, and could quote them on occasion. Vincent did not have time for idleness, since his time was well divided between prayer, study, and his duties as a Dominican. The priory records tell us of his unfeigned humility, his tireless prayers, and his somewhat severe but affable manner that characterized his young years in the novitiate.
After solemn profession, Vincent studied at Taragona and two years later was appointed Lector of Philosophy by the chapter held in Valencia. After a time he continued his course in Scripture and Hebrew at Barcelona. It was here at Barcelona that the first instance is recorded of that gift of prophecy for which afterwards he became so remarkable.
The saint, while yet a deacon, made an astounding prophecy, when in the course of a sermon, he told a starving people that by nightfall the long-looked-for relief would surely arrive. Though he was severely censured by his superiors for this statement, his words came true. This was one of many occasions in Vincent’s life when the spirit of prophecy came upon him and he foretold future events that were fulfilled. St. Vincent foretold his own canonization at the hands of Alphonsus Borgia, the future Pope Calixtus III.
Vincent was ordained to the priesthood in 1379. After receiving his degree of Doctor or Master of Theology in 1384, he returned to the convent in Valencia. A few days after Vincent’s arrival, the bishop, together with many city magistrates, begged him to give public lectures on Scripture and theology. Having obtained the leave of his provincial, Vincent at once began to lecture on theological subjects, and also to preach the Word of God to the people. He continued this work for at least six years with great success. His fame traveled far and wide and many came to hear the words of wisdom from this great preacher.
The Wonder Worker
Before describing the miraculous apostolate of St. Vincent, it is necessary to say a word as to the state of Christendom at this time – that is, at the end of the 14th century. Two terrible scourges had inflicted much devastation not only on the Church, but on all of Europe at this time. The first was the Black Death, the sad legacy of the Crusades, which devastated the whole of Europe in the middle of the 14th century. It swept through towns and villages, leaving them almost empty, monasteries and convents not exempt. It left a time of great chaos and confusion everywhere. It was truly and age of apocalypse, an age that seemed like the end of the world, and a time of judgment.
One consequence of this terrible event was that in order to fill the ranks of the decimated clergy, men were in many instances accepted quickly and without due preparation, and often without a true vocation. Laxities and irregularities were the natural consequence, and the evil caused by this state of matters was probably one reason for the special mission of St. Vincent not only to the laity, but also to the clergy and those in religious orders.
The second evil at this time was what is known as the “Great Schism” among the Christian people. At one time as many as three different men claimed to be the lawful pope. It was a time of grave trial, and the situation was unparalleled in this history of the Church; yet there were saints on each side, and St. Vincent Ferrer played a controversial role. If we have a Saint Catherine of Siena and a Saint Catherine of Sweden fighting the cause of Urban VI, we have a St. Vincent Ferrer and Blessed Peter of Luxembourg among the staunch adherents of Clement VII and Benedict XIII.
The schism was a constant source of misery to Vincent Ferrer, as it was to all those who loved the glory of the Lord’s house. It was a difficult task for Vincent to cope with a problem so vast and so complicated. He united his counsels, exhortations, prayers, and penances with the many efforts made by men high in Church and State offices to help remedy the situation. He exerted himself in every way, visiting many cities of France and Spain to influence men’s thinking on the side of peace. He conferred with the emperor, kings, bishops, and prelates. It is to be noted that it was in large measure owing to the efforts of Vincent Ferrer that the schism was ended and union of the Church was restored a few years before his death.
Vincent’s constant labors to promote unity, and the agony of mind he endured over the schism and its consequences, affected his health and endangered his life. The intolerable strain proved too much for him and he became grievously sick of fever while at Avignon. After twelve days, his illness increased so much that his life was despaired of by his doctors. Vincent was joyfully welcoming death when his humble cell was filled with a heavenly light, and he saw Jesus Christ himself shining like the sun, surrounded by a multitude of angels, while near Our Lord were His two glorious servants, Saint Dominic and Saint Francis of Assisi.
Touching the sick man lovingly on the cheek, Our Lord bade him to rise and preach throughout the kingdoms and cities the approach of the Last Judgment. Vincent rose, completely cured.
With this miraculous cure, the second part of St. Vincent Ferrer’s life begins. He was raised up by Our Lord himself, and commissioned to preach throughout the world the coming of the Last Judgment. The healing hand of the Master renewed Vincent’s bodily and spiritual powers and he was filled with a new life and mission, and from this time on, much of his personality was hidden behind the greatness of his mission. For a period of twenty years, he was to preach to the nations and sound the trumpet call of repentance and new life. “Every step he took,” says an old chronicler, “during the remaining ears of his life was a miracle; every word he spoke was a conquest over sin” (Fages, Histiore).
Throughout the whole of Western Europe, Vincent became a renowned figure. His preaching success was immense, for the authority of his preaching carried the still greater authority of the example of his life. He was filled with a new power and his preaching was accompanied by countless miracles. He was able to spark in the hearts of those who heard him the same fire that burned in his heart. It is said that crowds listened to him for hours awestruck and enthralled. Kings, princes, bishops, and town authorities sought his advice and guidance.
For all his preoccupation with the Kingdom of God, Vincent did not neglect the temporal side of mankind. Few men of prayer have ever been so deeply involved in public affairs. He had the special gift of reconciling enemies and was called upon often to be judge and peacemaker. He settled the disputes of families and of those in high governmental positions, counseled princes, and even made and unmade them! St. Vincent Ferrer received graces from God of the most extraordinary nature; however, to lose sight of the human side of the saint is to fail in the full understanding of his person and life.
Vincent Ferrer was a politician, penitent, theologian, healer, exorcist, preacher, miracle worker, judge, reconciler and peacemaker, a prophet, an apostle, and he earned the title of “Angel of Judgment.” He was perceived in his own country as, in two words, man and angel. He was truly one of the most gifted saints who has ever lived.
Of special interest to New York is St. Vincent’s great love for the Jews. He realized that the great prophets and patriarchs were Jews; the apostles were Jews; Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a Jew. He had a special relationship with the Jewish community of his day. Having made a particular study of Scripture and Hebrew, he was well equipped to preach to the Jews, who were quite numerous in Spain at the time. In fact, much of his preaching was addressed to the Jewish community. His convincing eloquence had converted the famous Jewish rabbi Paul of Burgos, who died Bishop of Carthagena in 1435.
Since the Jewish community was the moneyed and money-lending section of the community and had control of the finances, they were bitterly resented by the people, especially the poor. St. Vincent Ferrer did not hesitate to preach against what he considered the unjust practices of the Jews against the poor. For instance, the Jews had been given permission by Henry III to come into possession of the properties of all those who were unable to pay the enormous sums they demanded as interest, a law which St. Vincent Ferrer had repealed.
In the uprising against the Jews of Valencia in July, 1391, Vincent proved himself to be their friend, father, and protector, a fact which the Jews themselves recognized in a very special manner. At Valencia he went among them, consoling them, instructing them, and exhorting them to receive Baptism. The sincerity of the Jews at Valencia and their esteem for the man who befriended them is sufficiently established by their constancy and perseverance in the Faith. On more than one occasion, they gave proof by their gratitude and generosity.
It is an undisputed fact that Vincent Ferrer possessed an extraordinary gift of tongues. Wherever he preached, in all of Europe, he used his native Valencian language, and yet he was perfectly understood by all his hearers whether they were Italians, French, Hungarians, Celts, or Greeks. His preaching could also miraculously be heard many miles away from where he preached. This alone stamps his missionary life with a clearly miraculous character and shows that one cannot measure it by any human standard.
After he would celebrate Mass and preach a lengthy sermon, Vincent would have the sick brought to him. It is said that an immense number, known only to God, were cured of every kind of illness, diabolical possession; and even death itself disappeared at his touch. When blessing the sick, he would say:
These signs shall follow them that believe . . . they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover. May Jesus, the Son of Mary, the salvation of the world and Our Lord, who drew you to the Catholic faith, preserve you in it and make you blessed, and may he deign to deliver you from this infirmity.
This formula of blessing was adopted by the Dominican liturgy.
St. Vincent Ferrer used the sign of the cross extensively in his healings and deliverances, for he recognized that it was by the Passion of Jesus Christ, not by his own powers, that he was able to work miraculous cures. He never entered a place to preach that he did not first make a large sign of the cross over to ward off the evil spirits and to call down the blessings of God.
Vincent was not spared of temptations to despair, temptation of the flesh, to lassitude, and weariness of spirit. With all of his miraculous powers, it is said that three-fourths of his accomplishments were by the sweat of his brow. The evil one set in his path obstacles of every kind. But Vincent Ferrer had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother, and his constant intercession to her brought him the strength and consolation he needed.
Vincent Ferrer, the Angel or Messenger of Judgment, preached the Day of Judgment in sermon after sermon, along with the mercy and justice of God. He also preached extensively on the coming of the Antichrist. It will be disputed for a long time to come the purpose of this preaching, for now, 500 years later, the Judgment he preached has not come or has been averted. Whatever the argument, St. Vincent Ferrer brought home to all peoples the reality of God’s judgment that awaits us all, individually and collectively. He showed all of us what we must do, how we must live, to attain the Kingdom of God. He preached this by means of a preliminary purification through which all must pass by the power of that grace which Jesus Christ purchased for us at the price of His Blood. Thus did Vincent earn for himself rightfully the title “Angel of Judgment.”
During his preaching, a large number of people were accustomed to follow the saint from place to place, the number amounting often to many thousands. These followed him simply from devotion, or to have the advantage of his daily sermons; or they were penitents, great sinners converted by him and anxious to atone for past sins. This large following of disciples and penitents played a large part in Vincent Ferrer’s preaching apostolate.
During the Lent of 1417, St. Vincent went to the city of Vannes, and here he remained preaching in the city and other parts of Brittany for the last two years of his life. At that time, he was in his sixtieth year, and although worn out by his constant labors, he continued to work as diligently as ever. However, his labors and austerities took their toll, and in 1419 he became very ill, afflicted by a burning fever accompanied by terrible pains in his limbs.
When afflicted, Vincent Ferrer called his companions around him and calmly warned them that the end was near. The saint had often before suffered from illness and his patience was admirable, but his last sickness was the most painful and trying. No sound of complaint was heard from him except the loving names of Jesus and Mary, and he was continually praising and thanking God.
On the tenth day of his illness, which he had foretold would be the happy day of his departure to God, he asked that the history of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ be read to him from all four Gospels. After the Penitential Psalms were prayed and the Litany was said, his wasted countenance suddenly beamed with a look of intense joy. He joined his hands together and lifted them up, his eyes at the same time directed toward heaven. He died on the Wednesday before Palm Sunday on April 5, 1419. It is said that at his death, white butterflies flew into the room and circled about the remains, while an indescribably sweet odor gave fresh evidence of the fragrance of his virtuous life.
The request for his canonization was universal. Immediately after his death, with countless miracles daily taking place at his tomb, the process of canonization was begun. On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 1455, St. Vincent Ferrer was canonized by Pope Calixtus III, fulfilling a prophecy given by the saint.
A saint’s influence never dies, and St. Vincent Ferrer, the Wonder-Worker and Angel of Judgment, is as powerful now before God as in the days of his earthly life. With great confidence we can ask him to intercede for us.
For more information on the life and wisdom of St. Vincent Ferrer, see the following:
A Christology: From the Sermons of St. Vincent Ferrer of the Order of Preachers. London: Blackfriars Publications, 1954.
Bousquet, Jean, OP. Saint Vincent Ferrier: le grand thaumaturge dominicain. Ottawa: Editions du Lévrier, 1949.
Fages, Pierre Henri, OP. Histoire de Saint Vincent Ferrer. Louvain: A. Uystpruyst, 1901.
Ghéon, Henri. Saint Vincent Ferrer. Trans. F. J. Sheed. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1954.
Hogan, Stanislaus M., OP. Saint Vincent Ferrer, OP. London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1911.
Mary Catherine, Sister. Angel of the Judgment: A Life of Vincent Ferrer. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1954.
Pradel, André, OP. St. Vincent Ferrer of the Order of Friars Preachers: His Life, Spiritual Teaching, and Practical Devotion. Trans. T. A. Dixon. London: R. Washbourne, 1875.
Tomarelli, Ubaldo, OP. San Vincenzo Ferreri: apostolo e taumaturgo. Bologna: Edizioni Studio Domenicano, 1990.
Vincent Ferrer, Saint. A
Treatise on the Spiritual Life. Trans. The
Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery (Menlo Park, CA). Westminster,
MD: Newman Press, 1957.
Prayers Composed by St. Vincent Ferrer
To Obtain the Cure of the Sick
“These signs shall follow them that believe in my name: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:18)
May Jesus, Son of Mary, Master and salvation of the world, who has brought you to the Catholic Faith, keep you firm in it, and give you happiness; and may He, through the merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of our blessed Father, St. Dominic, and of all the saints, deliver you from the sickness that ails you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
For Proper Affections Toward God
(from Treatise on the Spiritual Life, ch. 18)
Good Jesus, let me be penetrated with love to the very marrow of my bones,
with fear and respect toward Thee; let me burn with zeal for Thy honor,
so that I may resent terribly all the outrages committed against Thee,
especially those of which I myself have been guilty or the occasion. Grant
further, O my God, that I may adore and acknowledge Thee humbly as my Creator,
and that, penetrated with gratitude for all Thy benefits, I may never cease
to render Thee thanks. Grant that I may bless Thee in all things, praise
and glorify Thee with a heart full of joy and gladness, and that, obeying
Thee with docility in every respect, I may one day, despite my ingratitude
and unworthiness, be seated at Thy table together with Thy holy angels
and apostles to enjoy ineffable delights. Amen.
Prayers to St. Vincent Ferrer
O Saint Vincent Ferrer, our guardian, because God, our eternal Father, has blessed you with an inexhaustible fountain of grace and blessings, we beg you to hear our prayers and to assist us with your powerful intercession, which is even more effective now that you are in heaven than it was when you were on earth. Full of confidence in your mercy and compassion, we kneel in prayer before you, and commend to your powerful intercession all our needs, those of our families, our friends, relatives, and benefactors, and especially . . . (here mention the favors desired). Glorious St. Vincent Ferrer, let not our hope and confidence in your protection be deceived. Intercede for us before the throne of God. Watch over our eternal welfare. If our trials and tribulations in this world multiply, may they serve to give us spiritual joy and happiness, if God will only grant us the grace of ever increasing patience to the end that we may save our souls. Amen.
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.
St. Vincent Ferrer, prayer for us. St. Vincent Ferrer, help us. St. Vincent
Ferrer, comfort us. St. Vincent Ferrer, cure us of our ill health. (3 Our
Fathers, 3 Hail Mary’s, 3 Glory Be’s)
O glorious apostle and worker of miracles, St. Vincent Ferrer, new Angel
of the Apocalypse and our kind protector, receive our humble prayers and
obtain for us an abundance of divine favors. By that love which inflamed
your heart, obtain for us from the Father of mercies the pardon of all
our sins, confirmation in our faith, and perseverance in good works. By
living as good and fervent Christians may we become more worthy of your
powerful intercession. Extend your protection to our bodies and free us
from our infirmities. Protect our land from the violence of storms and
disasters, and keep misfortune far from us. Thus blessed and protected
by you in soul and body, we shall be ever devoted to you, and one day,
with God’s grace, be with you in heaven, there to praise God forever
and ever. Amen.
Father, you called Saint Vincent Ferrer to preach the gospel of the last judgment. Through his prayers may we come with joy to meet your Son in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
From the Dominican Missal
Almighty and ever-living God, you called our brother Vincent Ferrer to preach the gospel of the last judgment. At the coming of your Son may we be found preaching the gospel in your kingdom. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Almighty and ever-living God, you taught us through the preaching of Saint
Vincent to run the path to our heavenly home in expectation of the Savior.
With the help of his prayers may we be fervent in labor and in love and
seek no lasting city here below, but an eternal dwelling place to come.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Litany of St. Vincent Ferrer (for private use only)
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
St. Dominic, our august Father, pray for us.
St. Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
St. Vincent, glory of Valencia,
St. Vincent, lily of purity,
St. Vincent, miracle of piety from childhood,
St. Vincent, interpreter of the Holy Trinity,
St. Vincent, burning light of charity,
St. Vincent, mirror of penance,
St. Vincent, trumpet of eternal salvation,
St. Vincent, flower of heavenly wisdom,
St. Vincent, preacher of the holy Gospel,
St. Vincent, powerful in word and work,
St. Vincent, prophet of Christ who is to come,
St. Vincent, most devout to the Mother of God,
St. Vincent, ever most pious,
St. Vincent, most fervent reconciler of souls,
St. Vincent, most bountiful to the poor,
St. Vincent, most learned teacher,
St. Vincent, most holy preacher,
St. Vincent, most illustrious by miracles,
St. Vincent, cherished by Jesus Christ,
St. Vincent, most addicted to prayer,
St. Vincent, burning for the salvation of souls,
St. Vincent, true model of humility,
St. Vincent, confessor filled with knowledge,
St. Vincent, most powerful reviver of the dead,
St. Vincent, health of the sick,
St. Vincent, support of the holy Faith,
St. Vincent, master of penitents,
St. Vincent, refuge of the afflicted,
St. Vincent, brightness of the elect,
St. Vincent, conqueror of devils,
St. Vincent, companion of angels,
St. Vincent, treasure of virtue,
St. Vincent, sight of the blind,
St. Vincent, hearing of the deaf,
St. Vincent, speech of the dumb,
St. Vincent, consolation of the desolate,
St. Vincent, who wears in heaven the double crown of virginity and doctorate,
St. Vincent, immortal glory of the Order of Preachers,
St. Vincent, powerful protector of those who seek your aid,
St. Vincent, protector of all who invoke you, pray for us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.
Let us pray.
O God, you adorned Saint Vincent with innumerable virtues and merits, and through his intercession granted health to the sick and ailing. Grant, we humbly pray, that following his example in despising the evils of this world and looking forward to the joys of heaven, we may rise above our sinfulness, and, through St. Vincent’s intercession, deserve to be cured from all afflictions of soul and body. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.