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.


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