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Saint Alexander was a bishop and martyr. He is the patron saint of charcoal burners. Also known as St Alexander the Charcoal burner or Saint Alexander of Comana. His feast day is celebrated on August 11th by Roman Catholics and August 12th by the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Charcoal burners were those individuals who burned wood to create charcoal.

Hymn of Praise of Saint Alexander

Men look upon clothes and the face,
But God looks at the soul and the heart.
Glorious Alexander, a charcoal-burner, was,
With the charcoal-burner, the body is blackened
And from soot, which water cleanses,
In the sinner, the heart is darkened
Which only the fire of faith can cleanse
The fire of faith and the cry of repentance.
It is easier to cleanse the skin of a charcoal-burner
Than the blackened heart of a sinner.
Alexander, with humility, covered
In a cave concealed, as a hidden flame
For laughter, to the gullible world, he was.
The world did not see; Gregory saw,
With an acute spirit, the charcoal-burner discerned
And in him, found a saint,
In the dark cave, a beautiful flame,
Beneath the mask of insanity, great wisdom,
Beneath the dirty soot, a pure heart,
A royal soul in decayed rags.
That the light be hidden, the Lord does not permit,
At the appropriate time, the light proclaims,
For the benefit and salvation of men.
All is wonderful, what God judges.

Saint Alexander
Born: unknown
Died: c.275
Feast Day: Aug 11th or 12th