But St. Alban, who voluntarily confessed himself a Christian, refused to do so, saying that he "worshiped and adored the true and living God who created all things". He was then tortured, ordered to be put to death. On his way and at the place of execution, tradition relates that many miracles took place. The executioner, himself converted at the site, cast away his sword and confessed himself a Christian, desiring to suffer with, or instead of Alban. Thus Alban, accompanied by the multitudes, ascended the hill, whose slopes were adorned, or rather clothed, as St Bede tells us, with all kinds of sweet meadow flowers, a spot worthy from its lovely appearance to be the scene of a Martyr's sufferings. Here on the summit of the hill St. Alban received the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. He suffered on the 22nd day of June, near the city of Verulam, where afterwards in peaceful times, a Church of wonderful workmanship was erected (St Alban's Cathedral). "In which place," says St. Bede, "there ceases not to this day the cure of sick persons and the frequent working of wonders".