From among the saints commemorated on the 10th of December, we honor
the Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes and Eugraphus.
The Holy Martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus suffered
for their faith in Christ under the emperor Maximian (305-313).
Saint Menas 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, Menas instead openly began to preach the Christian
Faith and he converted many pagans to Christ. Learning of this, Maximian sent Hermogenes to Alexandria to place the saints
on trial. Moreover, he gave orders to purge the city of Christians.
Hermogenes, although he was a pagan, was distinguished by his reverent bearing. And struck by the
endurance of Saint Menas 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 of Saints Menas and Hermogenes
under torture, nor even the miracles manifested by God in this city, mollified the emperor. Instead, they vexed him all the
more. The emperor personally stabbed Saint Eugraphus, the secretary of Saint Menas, and then gave orders to behead the holy
Martyrs Menas and Hermogenes.
relics of the holy martyrs, cast into the sea in an iron chest, were afterwards found (see February 17) and transferred to
Constantinople in the ninth century. The emperor Justinian built a church in the name of the holy Martyr Menas of Alexandria.
Saint Joseph the Hymnographer (April 4) composed a Canon in honor of these holy martyrs.