Today is the feast day of St. Alban, the First Martyr of Britain, who is believed to have died in approximately 304 A.D., although that date is in dispute among scholars.
History records that Alban was a Roman soldier stationed about twenty miles northeast of London. The city (Verulamium) is now known as St. Alban's. Alban sheltered a Christian priest who was fleeing persecution, and the priest converted Alban to Christianity. When the authorities came to his house to arrest the priest, Alban switched clothes with him and submitted to the arrest. He was subsequently put to death for his faith.
Almighty God, by whose grace and power your holy martyr Alban triumphed over suffering and was faithful even to death: Grant us, who now remember him in thanksgiving, to be so faithful in our witness to you in this world, that we may receive with him the crown of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek