546 Martyred Companions of Paphnutius in Egypt

When St Paphnutius was imprisoned and tortured for being a Christian, he converted some of the other prisoners. Eventually, he was set free, and a Christian named Nestorius gladly took him in. He and all his family, after spiritual guidance, became steadfast in the Faith, and ultimately endured martyrdom. The saint strengthened many other Christians to confess our Lord Jesus Christ, and they all died as martyrs. Some were cut with swords, others were burned. There were 546 men in all.