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A Saint a day: March 27

Saint Alexander of Drizipara

 

Third-century imperial Roman soldier and Christian.

Military tribune under the command of Tiberius.

In Rome, Italy he was ordered to make a sacrifice to the pagan god Jupiter; he refused. Being of high rank, he was taken before Emperor Maximian Herculeus; there he proclaimed his faith. Tortured and sentenced to hard labour at a series of prisons before being executed.

Martyr.

Died: beheaded in Drizipara, Thrace (modern Büyük Karistiran, Turkey), body thrown into the nearby river, but was pulled out by four dogs, and local gave Alexander a Christian burial

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