Saturday, 22 June 2013

Saint Alban

Saint Alban was the first British Christian martyr, martyred in either 209, 251 or 305AD. He was a pagan living in Verulamium (now St Albans, Hertfordshire), who sheltered a cleric during a period of anti-Christian persecution. He converted to Christianity, moved by the cleric's example, and was baptised. When his house was searched, Alban disguised himself in the cloak of his guest and gave himself up in his place. When he refused to renounce his faith, he was condemned to death and decapitated on Holywell Hill.

Eternal Father,
when the gospel of Christ first came to our land
you gloriously confirmed the faith of Alban
by making him the first to win a martyr's crown:
grant that, following his example,
in the fellowship of the saints
we may worship you, the living God,
and give true witness to Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.


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