Dec 22 – St Zeno (Zenon/Zinon) of Nicomedia (d. 302 AD) – Martyr


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Zeno of Nicomedia, Bithynia (modern day Izmit, Turkey) was a Roman soldier and commander living during the reign of Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian. During their fierce persecution of the Church they were condemning many Christians to death, including any soldiers who professed faith in Jesus Christ. In Nicomedia alone, as many as 20,000 Christians were burned alive as they gathered inside a cathedral on Christmas Day. Standing nearby when the Emperor was offering a sacrifice to a the goddess Ceres, St. Zeno, a Christian, mocked his devotion to a soulless god. St. Zeno was immediately seized and his jaw shattered for speaking out. He was beheaded, giving him the martyr’s crown along with his sons, Concordius and Theodore.


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Love,
Matthew

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