Saint Wanas
The Child Martyr
Born 4th century
Thebes, Egypt
Died 4th century
Thebes, Egypt
Venerated in Coptic Orthodox Church
Coptic Catholic Church
Feast 16 Hathor
Patronage patron saint of lost things

Saint Wanas (Coptic: Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ ⲓⲱⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ ,Arabic: القديس ونس) was a Coptic child martyr born to poor parents from Thebes (now Luxor), Egypt. He is venerated as the patron saint of lost things.[1]

Life and Martyrdom

St Wanas was an only son and a servant in the church.[1] He lived during a period of persecution under the Romans. He became known as a fearless and wise speaker who helped people to adhere to the Christian faith. Consequently, the Roman Governor Arianus of Alexandria (who later became a Christian martyr himself) was displeased when he heard of this saint. Arianus was the Roman ruler Roman of Ansena (Antinopolis), [2]. He sent soldiers with orders to make him abandon his faith. The child refused so the governor ordered him to be tortured by cutting off his head. That was on 16 Hathor. He was martyred during the same period as other child martyrs such as Saint Abanoub.[1][3][4][5]

Other People Named Wanas

  • Bishop Wanas
  • Saint Wanas of Luxor (Bishop Youannis (John))


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  3. "موضوع كامل عن القديس الأنبا ونس". saintmarychurchinkaf.alhamuntada.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
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  5. "سيرة القديس الشهيد الانبا ونس الاقصرى st anba wanas". whitemonastery.yoo7.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.

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