Adrian of Nicodemia, Gorgonius of Rome and Fiacrius of Brie

Date of news: 8 September 2016

Fol. 235v

Adrian of Nicomedia, depicted on the left, was a heathen officer and prison guard. During his assignment to guard the Christians, he was impressed by their determination and converted to the Christian faith. He died alongside them and became a martyr. He is holding the anvil that was used to crush his legs in his hands, which were later chopped off as well in the leas-up to his eventual decapitation. His feast day is on 8 September. On the right we see Gorgonius of Rome, who is usually honoured together with Dorotheus (not pictured here). Both gentlemen were court functionaries who were hung after undergoing many forms of torture. Their feast day is celebrated on 9 September. Fiacrius of Brie is depicted in the middle. He was a confessor who initially lived in a simple cell, but he attracted so many students that he ended up building the Abbey of Brie. In accordance with traditional imaging he is depicted wearing a farmer’s outfit. His feast day is celebrated on 30 August.