Adrian was an officer at the court at Nicomedia. He confessed his faith in Christ after witnessing the courage of the martyrs. He was never baptized. He was arrested and ultimately executed. He died on 4 March 304. In the West he is traditionally remembered on 8 September, and in the East on 26 August.
Almighty God, who strengthens and comforts thy chosen people to be witnesses to the world, inspire us, as thou did Adrian of Nicomedia, to follow thee, fearing no earthly power, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns now and evermore.