St. Alban’s witness, in which he traded himself for a persecuted priest, had a profound effect on the Christians in Britain. A writer named Victricius mentioned an unnamed martyr before the 4th century was out, and St. Germanus, visiting the site of Alban’s execution in 429, named him and began creating a systematic cult to help fight the Pelagian heresy. St. Bede gave a more elaborate account in his Ecclesiastical History about 731. (Holy Cross Benedictines)

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