Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

The Old Roman

S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain : Missa“In virtúte tua, Dómine

A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus.Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by him.When a period of persecution, ordered by the Emperor, brought soldiers in search of the priest, Alban exchanged clothes with him allowing him to escape and it was Alban who was arrested in his place.

Standing trial and asked to prove his loyalty by making offerings to the Roman gods, Alban bravely declared his faith in “the true and living God who created all things”. This statement condemned Alban to death. He was led out of the city, across the river and up a hillside where he was beheaded.

As with all good stories…

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