Book of Saints – Mark, Alphius, Alexander and Others


(Saints) Martyrs (September 28) (4th century) Various accounts are given of these ancient witnesses to Christ. They, however, agree in describing Saint Mark as a shepherd of Antioch in Pisidia (Asia Minor), who by the miracles he worked effected the conversion of the brothers, Alphius, Alexander and Zozimus. Again, they agree that they had as fellow-sufferers, a number of soldiers, Nicon, Neon, Heliodorus and some thirty besides. Some Menologies add a number of other Christians of both sexes. It seems clear also that they were victims of the great persecution under Diocletian (A.D. 303 about). Some say that the soldiers were those of the guard sent to arrest Saint Mark. It is further asserted that Saint Alphius and his brothers were makers of the instruments of torture used to try the constancy of the Martyrs, and that they were startled into believing in Christ by seeing the metal they had fashioned, though quite cold, melt before their eyes. Lastly, it is alleged that when the head of Saint Mark was brought by order of the judge into the temple of Diana, the idol fell shattered to the ground, and that this led to the conversion of Nicon and the other soldiers. The Roman Martyrology simply states that these Martyrs suffered in various places and in different manners.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Mark, Alphius, Alexander and Others”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2014. Web. 5 August 2021. <>