St. Alban, martyr
The Venerable Bede (AD 673-735) gives this account of Alban’s trial in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People:
“It happened that the judge, at the time when Alban was carried before him, was standing at the altar, and offering sacrifice to devils. When he saw Alban… he commanded him to be dragged to the images of the devils, before which he stood…. But St. Alban, who had voluntarily declared himself a Christian to the persecutors of the faith, was not at all daunted by the prince’s threats, but putting on the armour of spiritual warfare, publicly declared that he would not obey his command. Then said the judge, “Of what family or race are you?”—”What does it concern you,” answered Alban,” of what stock I am? If you desire to hear the truth of my religion, be it known to you, that I am now a Chrsitian, and free to fulfil Christian duties…. I worship ever and adore the true and living God, Who created all things.”1
St. Alban’s feast day is observed today, June 22.
Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY God, by whose grace and power thy holy martyr Alban triumphed over suffering, and despised death: Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight, we may with the noble army of martyrs receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.2
1. The Venerable Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, trans. A.M. Sellar (London: George Bell and Sons, 1907), 15-16.
2. Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 1963.