Relics of Saints

at St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church Calgary


“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

 Hebrews 12:1

Biblical Basis for having Saints Relics

In 2 Kings 2:9-14, the prophet Elisha picked up the mantle of Elijah after he had been taken up to heaven in a whirlwind. With this, Elisha struck the water of the Jordan, which then parted so that he could cross. In another passage (13:20-21), some people hurriedly bury a dead man in the grave of Elisha, “but when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.” In the Acts of the Apostles we read, “Meanwhile, God worked extraordinary miracles at the hands of Paul. When handkerchiefs or cloths which had touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases were cured and evil spirits departed from them” (19:11-12). In these three passages, a reverence was given to the actual body or clothing of these very holy people who were indeed God’s chosen instruments—Elijah, Elisha and St. Paul.

By piously venerating the holy relics of the Saints, the Church reveres them as temples of the Holy Spirit, temples of the Living God, in which God dwells by Grace even after the earthly death of the Saints. And by His most wise and good Will, God creates miracles in and through these relics or/and belongings.

We have holy relics for some great saints..

  • St. Abafis
  • St. Abali, son of Justus
  • St. Abaskhairon of Kallin
  • Fr. Abdel-Mesih El-Manahri
  • St. Amonios, Bishop of Esna
  • St. Arianus, Governor of Ansena
  • St. Bashnona
  • St. Christodolos, the 66th Pope
  • The Children of Bethlehem
  • St. Cosmas & St. Damian
  • St. Demiana
  • St. Dolagi & her Children
  • St. Eklog the Priest
  • St. Filopatir Merkorios
    Abu-Sefein (of the 2 swords)
  • St. George of Cappadocia
    (the Roman)
  • St. George Muzahim
  • St. Ibrahim El-Basit
  • St. Isaac El-Dafrawi
  • Martyrs of Fayoum
  • St. Jacob the Persian
  • St. Julius of Akfahs
    The writer of the biographies of martyrs
  • Martyrs of Akhmim
  • Martyrs of Samanoud
  • Martyrs of the church of the
    Saints in Alexandria
  • The Martyrs of
    St Thomas Monastery
  • St. Mikhail El-Beheri
  • St. Mark the Evangelist,
    Apostle and Martyr
    The first Pope of Alexandria
  • St. Mary the Armenian
  • St. Mettaous El-Fakhori
    (Matthew the poor)
  • St. Mina
    the Wonderworker
  • St. Moses the Ethiopian
  • St. Pestavros the new martyr
  • St. Simeon of Akhmim
  • St. Peter, 17th Pope
    The Seal of Martyrs
  • St. Philomena
  • St. Sarabamon, Bishop & Martyr
  • St. Simon the Tanner
  • St. Tadros (Theodore) Meshreki
  • St. Tadros (Theodore) of Shotp
  • St. Takla Hymanot the Ethiopian
  • St. Thomas the Apostle
  • St. Timothy the Apostle
  • St. Youannes (John) the 12th
    93rd Coptic Pope
  • St. Victor, son of Romanos
  • St. Youannes (John) 6th
    the 74th Coptic Pope

May the Prayers of all the Saints be with us all, Amen.

Stories of the Saints