Book of Saints – Mennas – 11 November

detail of an ivory pyxis carved with an image of Saint Menas, 6th century, Alexandria Egypt; swiped off the British Museum web siteArticle

(Saint) Martyr (November 11) (3rd century) An Egyptian officer in the Imperial army, serving in Asia Minor. On quitting military service he retired for a time into the Desert, intending to embrace the life of the Solitaries. Nevertheless, on the breaking out of the great persecution under Diocletian, Mennas felt himself moved to share the lot of his fellow-believers and, returning to the town of Kutahia in Phrygia, publicly declared himself a Christian. He was scourged, put to other torture, and beheaded (A.D. 296). His body was cast into a fire, but thence rescued by a fellow-countryman of the Martyr and taken back to the Egyptian desert, where it was interred and later a church erected over the grave.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Mennas”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 August 2015. Web. 2 December 2016. <>