San Vicente Martir is the patron saint of the city of Valencia, and stores will be closed tomorrow, January 22nd, for the public holiday in his honor.
Vicente’s story dates from the 4th century, when he was tortured to death by an imperial anti-Christian campaign. He was since martyred, and has become one of Valencia’s main historical heroes. His arm has been recovered and is preserved in the city Cathedral. This morbid little icon will be paraded around the city in its urn, as part of the public holiday.
Here’s the schedule of events. This isn’t one of the city’s most well-loved festivals, but with the stores closed, might be worth a look!
San Vicente Mártir, patron saint of the city of Valencia
|10:30||Solemn Mass in the Cathedral|
|12:00||Procession through Pl. de la Reina, C/ Mar, C/ Avellanas, C/ Palau, and Pl. Almoina|
|14:00||Mascletà en Pl. de Espanya|
|20:00||Mass in Spanish-Mozarabaic rite in the Basilica de San Vicente de la Roqueta, Pl. de Espanya|
|All Day||Visits to the chapels of the Pl. Almoina and C/ de la Carcel de San Vicente|
I plan on at least getting a glimpse of the martyr’s arm. Wicked. We’ll post any pictures that we manage to get.