BLESSED VINCENT KADŁUBEK, BISHOP
In the Archdiocese of Kraków – Feast
Vincent (Wincenty) was born in Karwów neat Opatów around 1160. He studied in Paris and Bologna. He became a priest of the Diocese of Kraków and, with time, the provost of the Sandomierz Collegiate Church and Bishop of Kraków. After ten years’ service, he stepped down from the bishopric and joined the Cistercian Order in Jędrzejów, where he died on 8 march 1223. He was the first Pole to chronicle the history of the nation.
Common of Pastors.
OFFICE OF READINGS
From the work of Jan Długosz “The Annals of the Kingdom of Poland”
(Book VI, PWN, Warszawa 1973, pp. 252, 284, 286, 296)
Being Perfect, He Became the Most Perfect
The Bishop of Kraków Fulko, known as Pełka, having spent twenty-one years in the bishopric, died on 11 September and was buried in the Kraków Cathedral. Unanimously for his place chosen was Master Vincent, son of Kadłubek of Karwów, a village located near Opatów, a provost of Sandomierz, a nobleman of the Różyce family, famous for his outstanding abilities and education. Pope Innocent III approved the election.
Vincent chose learning as his nobility, fatherland, mother and feeder. Understanding that his post is full of various concerns and dangers, he wished to leave the sea threatened with doom. Being an educated and most devoted man, he decided upon stepping down from the bishopric that he had occupied for almost twelve years. He could not do it before since Prince Leszek the White and the Chapter of Kraków were opposed for they had feared that the country and the Church would be deprived of such an extraordinary personality. However, he had managed to overcome the resistance with continuous pleas and deep humility.
Vincent went to the monastery in Jędrzejów, where brothers meticulously observed the rules of the Cistercian life. He donned the habit and took vows. Being perfect, he became the most perfect for he began imitating the poverty of Christ and serving his God with austere life. He got rid of the attire and concerns of a bishop in order to cross the stormy sea of the earthly life, which separates us from God among the tumult of sins. His noble spirit, relentlessly striving for lofty heavenly things and the highest goods, could not bear to stay among earthly things, as if in a shadow, and commencing austere monastic life, he directed his mind to the heavenly light. After five years of devotion in the monastery of Jędrzejów, on 8 March, he departed this life in order to obtain the unfading crown for his toils from Christ, for whom he abandoned everything. He was buried in the very monastery in Jędrzejów in the midst of the choir.
While presiding over the diocese in Kraków, he had managed to write, thanks to his outstanding lively mind, such a deft and lucid chronicle of the history of his land. He had done it so diligently and sensibly that he gained a reputation of ancient scribes that we have admired for years.
RESPONSORY Matthew 25:21; 20
Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.
– Come, share your master’s joy.
Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.
– Come, share your master’s joy.
you covered Blessed Vincent, bishop, with the glory of humility and he abandoned the honours of the world,
grant, that we, imitating such a great virtue, may become worthy of the participation in your eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
 Translated by DChojnacki (2014).