St. Alexander succeeded St. Achillas in the see of Alexandria, D 313. He was a man of apostolic doctrine and life. He was mild, affable, exceedingly charitable to the poor, and full of faith, zeal, and fervor. He assumed to the sacred ministry chiefly those who had first sanctified themselves in holy solitude. He was also very happy in the choice of bishops throughout all Egypt.
The emperor Decius appointed Epolius the governor of Lycia.
Pamphylia, and Phrygia, sought to make his court to that prince by surpassing his colleagues, in the rage and cruelty with which he persecuted the meek Disciples of Christ. At that time Nestor, bishop of Sida in Pamphylia, (as Le Quien demonstrates, not of Perge, or of Mandis, or Madigis, as some by mistake affirm,) was distinguished in those parts for his zeal in propagating the faith, and for the sanctity of his life. His reputation reached the governor, who sent an Irenarch to apprehend him. The martyr was conducted to Perge, and there crucified, in imitation of the Redeemer of the world, whom he preached. His triumph happened in 250.
His Latin Acts, given by the Bollandists, are to be corrected by those in Greek, found among the manuscript acts of Saints, honored by the Greeks in the month of February in the king”s library at Paris, written in the tenth century.
(Source: Butler’s Lives of the Saints)