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There are two St. Albans: one in Britain and one in Germany. Both tend to be confused with the other - possibly in part because their feast days are so close to each other.

The first Alban was the first Christian martyr in Britain. According to tradition, he was a soldier who hid a fugitive priest and, while spending time with him, was convinced to convert to Christianity. When the authorities looking for the priest arrived, Alban switched clothing and went in the priest's place.

Along the way, he is supposed to have parted the waters under a bridge, causing the executioner to immediately convery to Christianity as well. Both were then marched off to be killed - this time, the executioner did his job, but his eyes popped out for his trouble. There is a shrine to Alban located at St. Albans Abbey and his feast day is June 20th. There is some dispute as to whether he was killed in 209 or 305.

The second Saint Alban was exiled from Naxos by the Arians and travled to Germany to preach and work. Once there he was again attacked by Arians who this time killed him in Mainz around the year 400. The Benedictine abbey at Mainz continues to this day to preserve his name and memory. His feast day is celebrated on June 21.

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