Viktor of Xanten was a martyr and saint of the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Church alive during the 4th century AD. Since the 12th century, his presumed bones have been kept in a shrine, which is embedded into the high altar of the Xanten Cathedral today. His feast day is October 10.
Saint Viktor of Xanten
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church|
|Major shrine||Xanten Cathedral|
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 (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). Vol. 21. Nordhausen: Bautz. col. 1511. ISBN 3-88309-110-3.
- (in Dutch) H.Victor van Xanten, martelaar