Martyr Theoctiste at Canopus in Egypt

Saint Theoctiste was the fifteen-year-old daughter of Saint Athanasia. She and her two sisters were arrested with their mother because they were Christians. Saint Theodota was thirteen, and Saint Eudoxia was eleven. Saints Cyrus and John hastened to the prison to help them, for they were concerned that the women might renounce Christ when faced with torture.

Saints Cyrus and John gave them courage to endure what lay before them. Learning of this, the ruler of the city arrested Saints Cyrus and John, and seeing their steadfast and fearless confession of faith in Christ, he brought Athanasia and her daughters to witness their torture. The tyrant did not refrain from any form of torture against the holy martyrs. The women were not frightened by the sufferings of Saints Cyrus and John, but courageously continued to confess Christ. They were flogged and then beheaded, receiving their crowns of martyrdom.