Saints and Their Symbols – Saint Alban

Saint Alban of BritainArticle

A.D. 305, June 22. England’s protomartyr. Born at Verulam, he was educated as a heathen, but was converted and baptized by a priest who took refuge in his house from the persecution under Diocletian. When the priest was pursued, Alban changed clothes with him and surrendered in his stead. After cruel tortures he was led forth to execution. On the way the river Colne had to be crossed, and so great a multitude was following that the bridge was too small to enable them all to pass; but at the prayer of the saint the water parted, and they all crossed dry-footed. On reaching the place of execution, Alban prayed for water to quench his thirst, and immediately a fountain sprang up before hin. He was then beheaded. The place of his burial having been forgotten, it was miraculously revealed to Offa, King of Mercia, by an angel, and over the spot where the remains were found he built a great church and monastery. Emblems – Fountain. Sword. Head in his hand.

MLA Citation

  • E A Greene. “Saint Alban”. Saints and Their Symbols, 1909. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 August 2013. Web. 27 February 2021. <>