List of Coptic saints

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 AlexandriaEdit

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


  • Dabamon
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 and Susia and their 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, one of the minor twelve minor prophets
  • 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
  • Tamada and her children, and Armenius and his mother
  • Tekle Haymanot, the Ethiopian
  • Thecla, the martyr
  • Theoclia, martyr
  • Theodora and Didymus, martyrs
  • Theodora, 4th-century nun at the convent near Alexandria
  • Theodora, chaste virgin martyr
  • Theodora, the monk
  • Theodore, disciple of St. Pakhomius
  • Theodore the Martyr
  • Theban Legion, is entire Roman legion of 6666 men
  • Theodore, the prince of Mishreke
  • Theodore, the prince of Shotb
  • Theodoros I, the 45th Pope of Alexandria
  • Theodorus, disciple of St. Pachomius
  • Theodosius I, the 33rd Pope of Alexandria
  • Theodosius II, the 79th Pope of Alexandria
  • Theognosta, the virgin
  • Theonas, the 16th Pope of Alexandria
  • Theophilus I, the 23rd Pope of Alexandria
  • Theophilus II, the 60th Pope of Alexandria
  • Theophilus, the monk of the Ennaton monastery near Alexandria
  • Theophilus & His Wife, martyr in Fayyum
  • Theopista, took it upon herself to become a nun and honored with the holy Eskeem
  • Theotokos, the pure, full of glory, ever-virgin, Saint Mary, who in truth, gave birth to God the Logos
  • Thomas, the apostle and martyr
  • Thomas, the anchorite of Shinshif
  • Thomas, Victor, & Isaac, of the city of Ashmunein
  • Timon, one of the seven deacons
  • Timothy, the anchorite
  • Timothy, the apostle, bishop, and martyr
  • Timothy, bishop of Ansena
  • Timothy I, the 22nd Pope of Alexandria
  • Timothy II, the 26th Pope of Alexandria
  • Timothy III, the 32nd Pope of Alexandria
  • Titus, the apostle, and disciple of St. Paul


  • 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


Group of MartyrsEdit


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

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