SS. CYRUS AND JOHN, MM.
CYRUS, a physician of Alexandria, who by the
opportunities which his profession gave him, had converted many sick
persons to the faith; and John, an Arabian, hearing that a lady
called Athanasia, and her three daughters, of which the eldest was
only fifteen years of age, suffered torments for the name of Christ
at Canope in Egypt, went thither to encourage them. They were
apprehended themselves, and cruelly beaten: their sides were burnt
with torches, and salt and vinegar poured into their wounds in the
presence of Athanasia and her daughters, who were also tortured after
them. At length the four ladies, and a few days after, Cyrus and
John, were beheaded, the two latter on this day. The Syrians,
Egyptians, Greeks, and Latins, honor their memory. See their acts* by
St. Sophronius commended in the seventh general council, and
published with remarks by Bollandus.