Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Feast Day 28 April.
The Martyrdom of Saint Vitalis.
This 14th-Century French Manuscript depicts Saint Vitalis being buried alive.
Author: Richard de Montbaston et collaborateurs.
Saint Vitalis, father of Saints Gervase and Protase, was put to death at Ravenna, Italy, under Emperor Nero, around 62 A.D.
Having been tortured on The Rack, he was thrown into a deep hole and stoned to death.
A Church was Consecrated to him in Rome. The Lenten Station is held there on The Friday in The Second Week.
The Martyrdom of San Vitale.
Artist: Federico Barocci (1535–1612).
The Feast of Saint Vitalis occurs on 28 April. Churches are Dedicated in honour of Saint Vitalis at Rome, Faenza, Rimini, Como, Ferrara, Venice, and Verona, Italy, and at Jadera (now Zadar) in Dalmatia (now Croatia).
By far the most famous Church bearing his name is the octagonal Basilica of San Vitale at Ravenna, Italy, a masterpiece of Byzantine art, erected on the purported site of his Martyrdom. He is also The Patron Saint of Granarolo and Marittima in Italy, as well as of Thibodaux, Louisiana, in The United States.
The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral recognises Saint Vitalis as its Patron. A Mass to Commemorate the seventy-fifth Anniversary of Cebu's Elevation to an Archdiocese, and The Feast Day of Vitalis, was held on 28 April 2009, with The Archbishop of Cebu, Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, presiding.
A statue of Saint Vitalis is one those on The Colonnade of Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome.