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St. Basil's Liturgy - The Commemoration of the Saints

St. Basil the Great

As this, O Lord, is the command of your Only-Begotten Son, that we share in the commemoration of your saints, graciously accord, O Lord, to remember all the saints who have pleased you since the beginning: our holy fathers the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, the preachers, the evangelists, the martyrs, the confessors and all the spirits of the righteous who were consummated in the faith. Most of all, the pure, full of glory, ever-virgin, holy Theotokos, Saint Mary, who in truth, gave birth to God the Logos. And Saint John the forerunner, baptist and martyr; Saint Stephen the archdeacon, the protomartyr; the beholder-of-God Saint Mark, the evangelist the apostle and martyr; the patriarch Saint Severus; our teacher Dioscorus; Saint Athanasius the Apostolic; Saint Peter the priest-martyr and the high priest; Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Theodosuius, Saint Theophilus, Saint Demetrius, Saint Cyril, Saint Basil, Saint Gregory the theologian, Saint Gregory the wonder-worker, Saint Gregory the Armenian; the three hundred and eighteen assembled at Nicea, the one hundred at Ephesus; our righteous father great Abba Antony, the righteous Abba Paul, the three saints Abba Macarii, and all their children the cross-bearers, our father Abba John the hegumen; our father Abba Pishoi the righteous perfect man, the beloved of our good Saviour; our father Abba Paul of Tammoh and Ezekiel his disciple; my masters the Roman fathers Saints Maximus and Domitius; the forty nine martyrs the elders of Shiheet; the strong Saint Abba Moses; John Kame the priest; our father Abba Daniel the hegomen; our father Abba Isidore the priest; our father Abba Pachom, of the Koinonia, and Theodore his disciple; our father Abba Shenoute the archimandrite and Abba Wissa his disciple. And all choir of your saints, through whose prayers and supplications, have mercy on us all and save us, for the sake of your holy name, which is called upon us.[1][2]

Early church historians

Early church historians, writers, and fathers testified to the numerous Copt 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 Copts." 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 a list of saints commemorated by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The majority of saints are from Egypt with the majority venerated in all of Christianity.

Alphabetical list of Christian Saints in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria




St. Abraam
St. Anthony the Great
St. Athanasius the Apostolic


St. Bishoy Kamel
  • Babnuda, the anchorite, martyr
  • Balamon, the anchorite
  • Barbara and Juliana, martyrs
  • Barsanuphius, monk, martyr during the Islamic occupation of Egypt
  • Barnabas, one of the seventy apostles
  • Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles
  • Bashnouna, monk, martyr during the Islamic occupation of Egypt in 1164
  • Basil, bishop of Caesarea
  • Basilides and Potamiana, martyrs
  • Basilissa, the child martyr
  • Basilius, metropolitan of Jerusalem
  • Basin and her Children
  • Benjamin I, the 38th Pope of Alexandria
  • Benjamin II, the 82nd Pope of Alexandria
  • Bessarion, disciple of St. Anthony the Great and later St. Macarius the Great
  • Bisada, the priest, martyr
  • Bishoy Kamel, the hegumen
  • Butamina, the chaste virgin, martyr


St. Cyril VI


St. Demetrius
St. Demiana and the 40 Virgins



Sts. Felix, Regula, Exuperantius


St. Gregory of Nyssa


St. Heraclas
  • Habakkuk, one of the minor twelve minor prophets
  • Habib Girgis, dean of Catechetical School of Alexandria
  • Hadid, the priest
  • Haggai, one of the minor twelve minor prophets
  • Hannah, the prophetess, mother of Samuel the prophet
  • Hedra, the anchorite, bishop of Aswan
  • Helena, empress, built numerous churches in Egypt
  • Hepatius, bishop of Gangra
  • Heraclas, the 13th Pope of Alexandria
  • Heraclides, the martyr
  • Hermina, the anchorite
  • Hezekiah, the king
  • Hilaria, daughter of Emperor Zeno, lived disguised as a monk
  • Hilarion, the anchorite of Palestine
  • Hor, the ascetic, disciple of St. Pachomius
  • Hor, Besoy, and Daydara, martyr
  • Hor, Susanna and her Children, and Agathon the hermit, martyrs at Tamouh
  • Hosea, one of the minor twelve minor prophets
  • Hour and his mother Theodora, martyrs
  • Hour El-Siriakousy, martyr
  • Hripsime, (Arbasima), Third Century Armenian martyr


St. Isidore of Pelusium


St. John Chrysostom
St. John Colobos


  • Karas, the anchorite of Scetes, brother of Emperor Theodosius the Great
  • Karas, first bishop of the United States
  • Kaou, martyr
  • Keriakos, the anchorite
  • Kedron, the 4th Pope of Alexandria
  • Kloug, physician, ascetic, priest, and martyr
  • Kosheh Martyrs, martyrs during the Islamic occupation of Egypt in 2000



St. Maurice
St. Mercurius
St. Moses the Black



St. Onuphrius the Anchorite
  • Obadiah, the prophet
  • Olaghi, the anchorite
  • Onesimus, the disciple of St. Paul
  • Onesiphorus, one of the seventy apostles
  • Onuphrius, the anchorite, one of the desert fathers (also called, Abba Nofer)
  • Otimus, the priest


St. Pakhom
St. Parsoma
St. Poemen



  • Rais, martyr
  • Rebecca and her five children Agathon, Peter, John, Amun, & Amuna
  • Rhipsime, Gaiana, and her sisters the virgins


St. Severus
St. Sidhom Bishay
St. Simon


Theotokos, Saint Mary


  • Varus, the soldier and martyr
  • Verena, associated with the Theban Legion
  • Veronica, a young girl from the monastery of virgins near Akhmim, martyr during the Islamic occupation of Egypt in 749
  • Victor, the soldier, from Asyut, martyr
  • Vizier Abu Elaala Fahd ibn Ibrahim, martyr during the Islamic occupation of Egypt




  • Zacharias, the 64th Pope of Alexandria
  • Zacharias, bishop of Sakha
  • Zacharias, the perfect monk of Scetes
  • Zadok, and the 128 saints with him martyred in Persia
  • Zechariah, the priest and martyr
  • Zechariah, one of the minor twelve minor prophets
  • Zephaniah, one of the minor twelve minor prophets
  • Zosimas of Palestine, 5th-century anchorite


Atiya, Aziz S. The Coptic Encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1991. ISBN 0-02-897025-X

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