Commemorated on December 10
The Holy Martyrs
Minos, Hermogenes and Eugraphos suffered for their faith in Christ under
the emperor Maximian (305-313).
Saint Minos was sent
by the emperor from Athens to Alexandria to suppress the riots that had arisen
between the Christians and the pagans. Distinguished for his gift of eloquence,
Minos instead openly began to preach the Christian faith and he converted many
pagans to Christ. Learning of this, Maximian dispatched Hermogenes to the
Alexandria district to conduct a trial over the saints, and moreover was given
orders to purge the city of Christians. Hermogenes, although he was a pagan,
was distinguished however by his reverent bearing. And struck by the endurance
of Saint Minos under torture and by his miraculous healing after the cruel
torments, he also came to believe in Christ. Maximian himself then arrived in
Alexandria. Neither the astonishing stoic endurance under torture of Saints
Minos and Hermogenes, nor even the miracles of these days manifest of God in
this city, in any way mollified the emperor, but instead vexed him all the
more. The emperor personally stabbed Saint Eugraphos, the secretary of Saint Minos,
and then gave orders to behead the holy Martyrs Minos and Hermogenes.
The remains of the
holy martyrs, cast into the sea in an iron chest, were afterwards found (about
this see under 17 February) and transferred to Constantinople. The emperor
Justinian built a church in the name of the holy Martyr Minos of Alexandria.
Saint Joseph the Melodist (Comm. 4 April) composed a canon in honour of the
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.