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San Vicinio and its millenary cult


San Vicinio and its millenary cult

Without any canonical process and official acknowledgments, Vicinio was brought to the honors of the altars by the local Church, which had experienced its extraordinary virtues and powers during and after his earthly affair full of legends.

THE LIFE

An anonymous hagiographer of the twelfth century wrote the first Vita di San Vicinio stating from the same tradition news on the earthly and afterlife work of the miraculous Saint, who held the diocese of Sarsinate for 27 years and 3 months at the beginning of the fourth century.

At the onset of the persecution of Diocletian, Vicinius left Liguria and arrived in the city of Sarsina, where "ordained bishop", "showed himself mild to the poor as a father, generous to widows, personally poor, protector of orphans, suffering with the suffering ".

Above all, he excelled in chasing demons out of the obsessed, working dead "miracles even greater and more famous than he did alive".
 

THE CHAIN
 

The aforementioned millennial code recalls several times the chain sancti Vicinii, "which had long been built to dispel demons" and closed on the neck of the furious patients, an articulated iron collar, now present in the cathedral with the ancient name.

According to a later Life, printed in Sarsina in 1609, the "chain" would have been used by the Saint himself "to macerate the meat" as a sackcloth and "also to torment the demons" in exorcisms.

The collar remains in the historical-iconographic memory and in the hearts of the devotees, a witness symbol of Vicinio's over millennial cult, of human suffering and healing gradually invoked, yesterday as today, at the thaumaturgical mortal remains of the Saint.


THE CORDS OF DEVOTION AND FOLKLORE

The popular curdlen, made of colored silk threads, are traditionally blessed and worn around the neck, a new "chain", by the sick and devotees as heavenly protection.

In our times they are still in great demand by foreigners, looking for mystical talismans or souvenirs, and by Sarsinati themselves, who love to keep them particularly in the passenger compartment of their vehicles.

These on August 27, the eve of the great patronal feast, parade in front of the cathedral to receive from the priest the greeting of Vicinius, the welcome "good trip" on the way of daily life.

 
 
THE CHAIN

The aforementioned millennial code recalls several times the chain sancti Vicinii, "which had long been built to dispel demons" and closed on the neck of the furious patients, an articulated iron collar, now present in the cathedral with the ancient name.

According to a later Life, printed in Sarsina in 1609, the "chain" would have been used by the Saint himself "to macerate the meat" as a sackcloth and "also to torment the demons" in exorcisms.

The collar remains in the historical-iconographic memory and in the hearts of the devotees, a witness symbol of Vicinio's over millennial cult, of human suffering and healing gradually invoked, yesterday as today, at the thaumaturgical mortal remains of the Saint.
ven, 03 lug 2020 09:22:14 +0000