Hosiomartyrs Patermuthius and Copres, and the Martyr Alexander suffered
under the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363). Patermuthius and his
disciple Copres were Egyptian hermits. When the emperor heard about the
saints, he ordered them to be brought to him, and he tried to turn them
to paganism. He said that he had formerly served Christ, but had learned
that only the pagan gods could provide salvation.
Copres was deceived by these words of the emperor and he denied Christ.
By the prayers and tears of his Elder he came to understand what a
mistake he had made. He repented and again confessed himself a
Christian. The emperor became enraged and ordered that Copres be
tortured. Patermuthius encouraged his brother monk to be brave and
endure. One of the soldiers, whose name was Alexander, saw the terrible
sufferings of Copres, and believed in Christ. He was sentenced to be
burned alive. Sts Patermuthius and Copres were beheaded by the sword.