What kind of Anglican would I be if I didn't honor Alban, martyr in Britain?
I'm in the middle of a day of writing work, with a bit of travel later on, so I refer you to the great hagiographer of the blogosphere, Padre Mickey, for a biography of Alban and meditation upon his life, but here are a couple of images. The first, of the martyrdom, is from the middle of the 13th century and the Web tells me it's by the historian and artist Matthew Paris, a monk of St. Alban's. Sounds awfully early to me for a signed work, but if we had Giotto and way before that, Praxiteles, I guess we can have Paris. Who knew? More evidence of the contribution of monasteries to civilization.
The second is a contemporary Orthodox icon by Adrian Hart. Alban is honored as a protomartyr by the Orthodox Church in the West.
Another Alban-related tip of the hat to my esteemed colleague in Greensboro, Padre Rob, Episcopal priest with an Orthodox heart.
And see (listen) below for a Friday musical meditation.