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Lives of the Saints:

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Saint Zeno of Nicomedia (d. 303)

Saint Zeno of Nicomedia (d. 303)

Feast day: December 22




Saint Zeno was a Roman soldier. He was apprehended and condemned to death for laughing at and ridiculing Emperor Diocletian’s sacrifice to a statue of the goddess Ceres. His jaws were shattered for opposing the emperor and he was beheaded. Saint Zeno of Nicomedia stood strong, and was willingly martyred for his faith. (Image by Remid67, Wikimedia Commons)