SS. Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs
Vincent, the deacon of Saragossa, and Anastasius, a monk of Persia, died the same day with an interval of 324 years (304-628), The head of St. Anastasius was brought to Rome and deposited in a church dedicated to him and St. Vincent: therefore their names are associated in one.
Under the emperors Diocletian and Maximian, the deacon Vincent, as formerly the deacon Laurence, was placed on a gridiron over burning coals. "God has tried them like gold in the furnace" (Epistle); wherefore the names of Laurence and Vincent follow one another in the litany of the Saints for their "victorious brows are wreathed with the same laurels".
St. Anastasius was beheaded after suffering atrocious torment "but he was uphold by Christ for whose cause he was persecuted: Thy right hand, O Lord, hath broken the enemies" (Gradual).
On the burning coals Vincent exclaims: "I thought your cruelty would go still further. Anastasius also says:- I expected a more cruel kind of death."
Let us ask God, by the intercession of these holy martyrs, to help us to overcome our temptations and vices and work out our salvation (Collect, Secret, Postcommunion).
Intret in conspectu tuo, Domine, gemitus compeditorum: redde vicinis nostris septuplum in sinu eorum: vindica sanguinem sanctorum tuorum, qui effusus est. * Deus, venerunt gentes in haereditatem tuam: polluerunt templum sanctum tuum: posuerunt Jerusalem in pomorum custodiam.
Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before Thee, O Lord; render to our neighbours sevenfold in their bosom; revenge the blood of Thy saints, which hath been shed. * O God, the heathens are come into Thy inheritance: they have defiled Thy holy temple: they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit.
(Psalm 78:11-12,1 from the Introit of Mass)
Adésto, Dómine, supplicatiónibus nostris: ut, qui ex iniquitáte nostra reos nos esse cognóscimus, beatórum Mártyrum tuórum Vincéntii et Anastásii intercessióne liberémur.
Graciously hear, O Lord, the humble prayers of those who acknowledge the guilt of their sins; that by the intercession of Thy blessed martyrs, Vincent and Anastasius, they may be delivered.
From the Catholic Encyclopaedia -
St Vincent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15434b.htm
St Anastasius: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01455c.htm