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The saint, also known as Veit, was born the son of a senator in Mazzara in Sicily and died as a martyr around 304. The name means "The Wood", and his feast day is June 15th. He confessed to the forbidden Christian faith under Emperor Diocletian (243-316). According to legend, a number of miracles resulted in the execution with two of his companions. They were thrown into a hot oil pan, but they emerged unscathed. A lion was rushed at her, but he lay at her feet and licked her. They were stretched out on the torture bench to be mangled with hooks, but lightning struck the torture device.

Vitus in cauldron with boiling oil and a representation from 1672

Eventually, the temples collapsed due to an earthquake and the torturers were killed by the rubble. Vincent is one of the most revered saints, as evidenced by 30 patronages. He is the patron saint of Saxony, Bohemia, Pomerania, Rügen, Mönchengladbach, Prague, Eilwangen and Krems, as well as the epileptics (Veits-Tanz), innkeepers, pharmacists, winegrowers, actors, beer brewers, miners and coppersmiths. Calendar sayings are: 1) O holy Veit - don't rain that we don't lose our wine. 2) If the wine has bloomed on St. Vit, it brings a nice wine year with it. The picture on the left shows the martyrdom in a representation of the Veits Altar (1514/17) of the Veitskirche in Flein (Baden-Württemberg). The picture on the right is a representation from 1672 in Eichstätt (Upper Bavaria). See also under Bauernregeln. Customs in viticulture and wine Saints,

Left: By Peter Schmelzle, public domain, link
Right picture: From KBWEi 20:27, self-photographed, PD-alt-100 , link

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