St.Alban’s Day commemorates the first known British Christian martyr. Alban was a Roman soldier in the Roman city of Verulamium, who gave shelter to a Christian priest who was being hunted by the authorities, who were persecuting Christians. In conversation with the priest, Alban became convinced of the truth of Christianity, and professed faith. When, shortly after, the authorities discovered that the priest was hiding in Alban’s home, Alban exchanged clothing with the priest, enabling him to escape. When put on trial, Alban refused to renounce his faith, and was sentenced to death and executed by beheading. Verulamium is now named St.Alban’s in his honour.
St.Alban’s day is commemorated at Wickersley with the following events.
Sunday 16th June
St.Alban will be commemorated at all services
6.00 – Songs of Praise for St.Alban