Alban, Centurion, Martyr,
[20 June 305]
First Martyr of England

Almighty God, whose servant Alban, a soldier of your Church, did surrender his life in witness of his faith in Jesus Christ; grant that we might bravely witness our faith in you before the rulers of this world; and at that last day join with Alban and all the saints before your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen


Acording to legend, Albam was an officer of the Roman Army in England in the year 305. He sheltered a Christian presbyter, and actually changed clothes with him to aid him to escape persecution. Alban was arrested, tortured and ordered to renounce his faith or forfeit his life. He was executed for his faithfulness by being beheaded at Verulamium, Hertfordshire (now St. Abans). He is the first recorded martyr in England. Legend says the second was his intended executioner who refused to do the deed, and the third the presbyter he saved.

St. Alban Site

Order of CenturionsAug 2005