A kind soul has reminded me that, according to the 1962 Liturgical Calendar, still followed in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, 8 September – as well as being the Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary – is also the commemoration of Saint Adrian, martyr. Saint Adrian was, unfortunately, one of the Saintly “casualties” in the liturgical reform following Vatican II, and so is no longer remembered on this day in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
St. Adrian of Nicomedia, also known as Hadrian of Nicomedia was an Herculian guard for the Roman emperor Galerius Maximian during the fourth century. While persecuting the Christians, St. Adrian questioned them about why they withstood the pain and suffering and what they expected in the afterlife. The Christians 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.” (I Corinthians 2:9).
St. Adrian of Nicomedia Martyred
Saint Adrian of Nicomedia marveled over the Christian’s words of faith and the courage the Christians displayed. Their willingness to die for the sake of Jesus Christ humbled and impressed St. Adrian of Nicomedia that he immediately converted to Christianity himself, refusing to persecute the Christians anymore, saying, “Write my name down also, for I am a Christian and I die gladly for Christ God”. After his conversion, St. Adrian of Nicodemia was brought to the imperial court and tortured. His limbs were severed one by one on an anvil and then he was beheaded on March 4, 304. The body of Saint Adrian of Nicomedia was then set on fire but a rainstorm put out the flames and some of the guards were struck by lightning. St. Adrian’s wife, Saint Natalia, took one of his hands with her to Argyropolis. Saint Adrian of Nicomedia’s hand is now a relic in Grammont, Belgium.
I think it’s quite neat to share Our Lady’s Birthday with her.
So, Happy Feast Day to all the other Adrians out there!