Coptic saints

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Egypt was one of the first countries to know Christianity, with Saint Mark the Evangelist bringing Christianity to the country[1] around 43 AD.[2]

A Coptic icon of Saint Maurice

The Egyptian Christians, also known as the Copts, have produced over a million saints, many of whom are recognised simultaneously in the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church.

Early church historians, writers, and fathers testified to the numerous Egyptian martyrs. Tertullian, 3rd century North African lawyer wrote “If the martyrs of the whole world were put on one arm of the balance and the martyrs of Egypt on the other, the balance will tilt in favor of the Egyptians.” Despite periods of martyrdom and persecution the number of believers continued to grow and the lives of the martyrs inspired many to the Christian faith.

The following is not meant to be a complete list of Coptic (Egyptian) saints, rather a mere collection.

Christian saints in the Coptic Orthodox Church[edit]

Saints Date of birth Date of death Categories
21 Martyrs of ISIS in Libya 20th century 2015 Martyr
Ababius Monastic
Abadiu of Ansena 4th century 4th century Bishop, Martyr
Abanoub 4th century 4th century Martyr
Abaskhayroun the Soldier 3rd century 3rd century Martyr
Abdel Messih El-Habashi 1898 1973 Monastic
Abdel Messih El-Makari 1892 1963 Monastic
Abib 4th century 4th century Monastic
Abraam of Fayoum 1829 1914 Bishop, Monastic
Abraam Anba Samuel 20th century 2015 Monastic
Abraham of Scetes 4th century 399 Monastic
Abraham the Hermit 3rd century 360 Monastic
Abraham, 62nd Pope of Alexandria 10th century 978 Pope of Alexandria
Abāmūn of Tarnūt 4th century 372 Martyr
Agatho, 39th Pope of Alexandria 7th century 677 Pope of Alexandria
Agathon, Peter, John, Amun, Amuna & Their Mother Rebecca Martyr
Alexander, 19th Pope of Alexandria 3rd century 328 Pope of Alexandria
Alexandria bombing 20th century 2011 Martyr
Alexandria riot 20th century 2005 Martyr
Ambrose 2nd century 250 Theologian, Confessor
Amun 295 357 Monastic
Anastasia
Anastasius, 36th Pope of Alexandria 6th century 616 Pope of Alexandria
Andronicus, 37th Pope of Alexandria 6th century 623 Pope of Alexandria
Anianus, 2nd Pope of Alexandria 1st century 83 Pope of Alexandria
Anthony the Great 251 356 Monastic
Apollo 5th century 5th century Martyr
Apollonia 2nd century 249 Martyr, Virgin
Apollos 1st century 1st century Bishop
Arapsema
Athanasius, 20th Pope of Alexandria 296 373 Apostolic, Pope of Alexandria
Augustine of Hippo 354 354 Bishop, Theologian
Avilius, 3rd Pope of Alexandria 1st century 95 Pope of Alexandria
Awgin 4th century 363 Monastic
Bashnouna 12th century 1164 Monastic, Martyr
Basil the Great 330 379 Bishop
Basilides and Potamiana 2nd century 205 Martyr
Boctor
Candidus 3rd century 287 Martyr
Catherine 282 305 Martyr, Virgin
Celadion, 9th Pope of Alexandria 1st century 166 Pope of Alexandria
Chiaffredo 3rd century 286 Martyr
Chrysanthus 3rd century 283 Martyr
Clement 150 215 Theologian
Cleopatra 3rd century 327
Cosmas I, 44th Pope of Alexandria 3rd century 730 Pope of Alexandria
Cosmas II, 54th Pope of Alexandria 8th century 858 Pope of Alexandria
Cosmas III, 58th Pope of Alexandria 9th century 932 Pope of Alexandria
Cyril I, 24th Pope of Alexandria 376 444 Pope of Alexandria
Cyril II, 67th Pope of Alexandria 11th century 1092 Pope of Alexandria
Cyril III, 75th Pope of Alexandria 12th century 1243 Pope of Alexandria
Cyril IV, 110th Pope of Alexandria 1816 1861 Pope of Alexandria
Cyril V, 112th Pope of Alexandria 1831 1927 Pope of Alexandria
Cyril VI, 116th Pope of Alexandria 1902 1971 Pope of Alexandria
Cyril of Jerusalem 313 386 Patriarch of Jerusalem
Cyrus 3rd century 304 Martyr
Damian of Alexandria Martyr
Daria 3rd century 283 Martyr
Dasya 3rd century 3rd century Martyr
Daydara 4th century 4th century Martyr
Demetrius I, 12th Pope of Alexandria 2nd century 230 Pope of Alexandria
Demiana 3rd century 302 Martyr
Didymus the Blind 313 398 Theologian
Dimides (Diomede) Martyr
Faltaous El Souriani 1922 2010 Monastic
Dionysius 3rd century 250 Martyr
Dionysius, 14th Pope of Alexandria 3rd century 264 Pope of Alexandria
Dioscorus, 25th Pope of Alexandria 4th century 454 Pope of Alexandria
Dorothea of Alexandria 4th century 320 Martyr
Esther 5th century BC 5th century BC Queen
Eumenes, 7th Pope of Alexandria 1st century 141 Pope of Alexandria
Felix and Regula 3rd century 286 Martyr
Forty Nine Elder Martyrs of Scetes Monastic, Martyr
Gabriel I, 57th Pope of Alexandria 9th century 921 Pope of Alexandria
Gabriel II, 70th Pope of Alexandria 11th century 1145 Pope of Alexandria
Gabriel III, 78th Pope of Alexandria 13th century 1270 Pope of Alexandria
Gabriel IV, 86th Pope of Alexandria 14th century 1378 Pope of Alexandria
Gabriel V, 88th Pope of Alexandria 14th century 1427 Pope of Alexandria
Gabriel VI, 91st Pope of Alexandria 15th century 1475 Pope of Alexandria
Gabriel VII, 95th Pope of Alexandria 15th century 1569 Pope of Alexandria
Gabriel VIII, 97th Pope of Alexandria 16th century 1603 Pope of Alexandria
Gallicanus 4th century 363 Martyr
George El Mozahem 10th century 969 Martyr
George of Alexandria Martyr
George the Great 280 303 Martyr
Gereon 3rd century 304 Martyr
Gregory the Ascetic Monastic
Gregory the Theologian 4th century 4th century Patriarch of Constantinople
Hedra Monastic
Hilarion 291 371 Monastic
Hor, Besoy, and Daydara 4th century 4th century Martyr
Ignatius c. 35 c. 107 Bishop
Imbaba Church attacks 20th century 2011 Martyr
Irini 1936 2006 Monastic
Isaac the Syrian c. 613 c. 700 Monastic
Isidore of Pelusium 4th century c. 450 Monastic
Jerome 347 420 Priest
John Chrysostom 347 407 Patriarch of Constantinople
John Climacus c. 579 606 Monastic
John I, 29th Pope of Alexandria 5th century 505 Pope of Alexandria
John II, 30th Pope of Alexandria 5th century 516 Pope of Alexandria
John III, 40th Pope of Alexandria 7th century 689 Pope of Alexandria
John IV, 48th Pope of Alexandria 8th century 799 Pope of Alexandria
John V, 72nd Pope of Alexandria 10th century 1166 Pope of Alexandria
John VI, 74th Pope of Alexandria 12th century 1216 Pope of Alexandria
John VII, 77th Pope of Alexandria 13th century 1293 Pope of Alexandria
John VIII, 80th Pope of Alexandria 13th century 1320 Pope of Alexandria
John IX, 81st Pope of Alexandria 13th century 1327 Pope of Alexandria
John X, 85th Pope of Alexandria 13th century 1369 Pope of Alexandria
John XI, 89th Pope of Alexandria 14th century 1452 Pope of Alexandria
John XII, 93rd Pope of Alexandria 15th century 1483 Pope of Alexandria
John XIII, 94th Pope of Alexandria 15th century 1524 Pope of Alexandria
John XIV, 96th Pope of Alexandria 16th century 1586 Pope of Alexandria
John XV, 99th Pope of Alexandria 16th century 1629 Pope of Alexandria
John XVI, 103rd Pope of Alexandria 17th century 1718 Pope of Alexandria
John XVII, 105th Pope of Alexandria 17th century 1745 Pope of Alexandria
John XVIII, 107th Pope of Alexandria 18th century 1796 Pope of Alexandria
John XIX, 113th Pope of Alexandria 1855 1942 Bishop, Pope of Alexandria
John Kama Monastic
John the Dwarf c. 339 c. 405 Monastic
Joseph II, 115th Pope of Alexandria 19th century 1956 Bishop, Pope of Alexandria
Karas the Anchorite 5th century 6th century Monastic
Karas of California Bishop
Kedron, 4th Pope of Alexandria 1st century 106 Martyr, Pope of Alexandria
Kosheh Martyrs 20th century 2000 Martyr
Macarius the Great c. 300 391 Monastic
Macarius of Alexandria c. 300 c. 395 Monastic
Macarius of Edkow (Tkoou) Bishop
Macarius I, 59th Pope of Alexandria 10th century 952 Pope of Alexandria
Macarius II, 69th Pope of Alexandria 11th century 1128 Pope of Alexandria
Macarius III, 114th Pope of Alexandria 1872 1945 Bishop, Pope of Alexandria
Mark 1st century 68 Apostolic, Martyr, Pope of Alexandria
Mary of Egypt c. 344 c. 421 Monastic
Maspero Martyrs 20th century 2011 Martyr
Matra Martyr
Matthew I, 87th Pope of Alexandria 14th century 1408 Pope of Alexandria
Maurice 3rd century 287 Martyr
Menas 285 c. 309 Martyr
Mercurius 224 250 Martyr
Mikhaeil Ibrahim 1899 1975 Priest
Mikhaeil of Asyut 1921 2014 Bishop, Monastic
Mina Ava-Mina 1923 1996 Monastic
Mina of Tamai (Thmoui) Bishop
Misael the Anchorite 7th century 8th century Monastic
Mohrael 291 c. 303 Martyr
Moses the Black 330 405 Monastic
Nag Hammadi Martyrs 20th century 2010 Martyr
Nehroua Martyr
Nilus of Sinai 4th century c. 430 Monastic
Nofer (Onuphrius) the Anchorite 4th century 5th century Monastic
Origen 184/5 253/4 Theologian
Pachomius 292 348 Monastic
Pambo 4th century c. 375 Monastic
Paphnutius the Ascetic c. 305 5th century Monastic
Paphnutius of Thebes 3rd century 4th century Bishop
Parsoma 1257 1317 Monastic
Paul of Tammah 4th century 415 Monastic
Paul of Thebes c. 227 c. 342 Monastic
Paul the Simple c. 225 c. 339 Monastic
Peskhiron of Killin Martyr
Peter I, 17th Pope of Alexandria 3rd century 311 Martyr, Pope of Alexandria
Pigol Monastic
Pijimi 4th century 4th century Monastic
Pishoy 320 417 Monastic
Pisora of Masil Bishop
Poemen c. 350 c. 450 Monastic
Protus and Hyacinth 3rd century c. 258 Martyr
Psote of Ebsay 3rd century 300 Bishop, Martyr
Roweiss Martyr
Samuel the Confessor 597 695 Monastic
Sana the Soldier Martyr
Sara & Her Two Sons
Serapion of Thmuis 4th century after 360 Bishop
Seven Martyrs on the Mount of St. Anthony Monastic
Shenouda the Archimandrite c. 348 c. 466 Monastic
Shenouda III, 117th Pope of Alexandria 1923 2012 Bishop, Pope of Alexandria
Sidhom Bishay 19th century 1844 Martyr
Simeon Stylites c. 390 459 Monastic
Simon the Tanner 10th century 10th century Martyr
Sousenyos
Tekle Haymanot c. 1215 c. 1313 Monastic
Theodora Monastic
Theodore the Prince Martyr
Theophilus & His Wife Martyr
Thomas the Hermit 305 425 Monastic
Thomas, Victor, & Isaac of Ashmunein Martyr
Timothy of Ansena Bishop
Verena 3rd century 4th century Martyr
Wannas 4th century 4th century Martyr
Yousabius the Historian 260/5 339/4 Bishop, Historian, Theologian
Yustos El Anthony 1906 1976 Monastic
Zacharias the Monk Monastic
Zosimas of Palestine c. 460 c. 560 Monastic

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Translation of St Mark book by Pope Shenouda III http://tasbeha.org/content/hh_books/Stmark
  2. ^ History of the Coptic Church by Fr Menassa Youhanna