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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Adrian (d. 306)

Saint Adrian (d. 306)

Patron saint against plague and epilepsy and of arms dealers, butchers, guards, and soldiers

Feast day: September 8

Tradition tells us that Saint Adrian was a pagan officer at the court of Nicomedia. While at court, Adrian saw a number of Christians tortured for their faith. Captivated by their extreme courage, he converted and declared himself a Christian. After converting, he suffered the same lot as the Christians that he admired. He was thrown into prison and tortured before being put to death for his faith. His wife, Natalia, consoled her husband and his fellow Christian prisoners during their excruciating pain. In this image, Saint Adrian, on the left, is pictured with his wife, Saint Natalia. (Image in public domain-70)