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Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia

Saint Adrian and his wife, Saint Natalia
Died 4 March 306
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrine Argyropolis near Constantinople;
Geraardsbergen, Belgium;[1]
Church of St Adriano al Foro, Rome[2]
Feast 8 September (Roman calendar)
26 August (Greek calendar)[1]
1 December[3]
Attributes depicted armed, with an anvil in his hands or at his feet
Patronage plague, epilepsy, arms dealers, butchers, guards, soldiers

Saint Adrian or Adrian of Nicomedia was a Herculian Guard of the Roman Emperor Galerius Maximian. After becoming a convert to Christianity with his wife Natalia, Adrian was martyred at Nicomedia on March 4, 306.[2]

* 1 Martyrdom
* 2 Historicity
* 3 Feast day and patronage
* 4 References

[edit] Martyrdom
French statue of Saint Adrian

It is said that while presiding over the torture of a band 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). He was so amazed at their courage that he publicly confessed his faith, though he had not himself yet been baptised. He was then immediately imprisoned himself. 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.[4]

The next day his limbs were struck off on an anvil, and he was then beheaded, dying in the arms of Natalia. After he was killed, Adrian and several other martyrs were taken to be burned. When the executioners began to burn their bodies, a thunderstorm arose and the furnace was extinguished; lightning killed several of the executioners. Natalia had to be restrained to not throw herself on the fire when Adrian's body was being burned. Later, Christians took Adrian's body and buried him on the outskirts of Byzantium, at Argyropolis.

Natalia went to live there herself, taking one of Adrian's hands which she had recovered. When she herself died, she was buried with the martyrs.
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