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Feastday: December 10

Death: 312


Martyr with Eugraphus and Hermogenes, beheaded in Alexandria, Egypt. Mennas was an Athenian from Greece, sent to Alexandria on an imperial commission by Emperor Galerius. Working successfully, he announced that he and his assistant, Eugraphus, were Christians. They were taken before Hermogenes, a judge, where Mennas sang a four-hour musical defense of Christianity. His eyes were gouged out and his tongue cut off when he ended his defense. According to a highly doubtful legend, Mennas’ eyes and tongue were miraculously restored, an event that brought about the conversion of Hermogenes.

 


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