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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

26th August - Adrian of Nicomedia

Adrian of Nicomedia, d306

Adrian is protector against the plague and patron of old soldiers, arms dealers, butchers and communications phenomena (??). He was second only to St. George as military saint. He is usually represented armed with an anvil in his hands or at his feet.

Adrian lived in Nicomedia during the time of Emperor Maximian in the early fourth century. Aged 28, Adrian was head of the praetorium. It is said that while presiding over the torture of a group of Christians, he asked them what reward they expected to receive from God. They replied, 

"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" 
(1 Corinthians 2:9).

Upon hearing this, Adrian told the scribes recording the proceedings, "Write my name down here also, for I am a Christian and I die gladly for Christ God.” He was so amazed at their courage that he publicly confessed his faith. He was then immediately imprisoned himself.

The scribes reported this confession to the emperor, who summoned Adrian before him. Incredulous that one of his honoured guards would turn to Christianity, he asked, "Really, have you gone mad, that you want to die? Come, cross out your name from the list and offer sacrifice to the gods, asking their forgiveness.” Adrian answered, "I have not lost my mind, but rather have I found it.”

He was forbidden visitors, but accounts state that his wife Natalia came to visit him dressed as a boy to ask for his prayers when he entered Heaven. Adrian died in 306.