Viktor of Xanten
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|Saint Viktor of Xanten|
Statue of Saint Victor outside of Xanten Cathedral
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church|
|Major shrine||Xanten Cathedral|
Viktor of Xanten or Saint Viktor is a martyr and saint of the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Church. His presumed bones are kept in a shrine since the 12th century that today is embedded into the high altar of the Xanten Cathedral. His feast day is October 10.
Tradition states that Viktor was a Praefectus cohortis of a Cohort of the Theban Legion. He was closely associated with Ursus of Solothurn, and is said to have been a relative of Saint Verena. He was executed in the 4th century in the amphitheater of Castra Vetera (the site of present-day Xanten) for refusing to sacrifice to the Roman gods.
- Ekkart Sauser (2003). "Victor von Xanten: hl. Märtyrer". In Bautz, Traugott. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). 21. Nordhausen: Bautz. col. 1511. ISBN 3-88309-110-3.
- (in Dutch) H.Victor van Xanten, martelaar
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