Commemorated on October 30
Zenobios, Bishop of Egeia, and his sister Zenobia suffered a martyr's death
in the year 285 in Cilicia. From childhood they were raised in the holy
Christian faith by their parents, and they led pious and chaste lives. In their
mature years, shunning the love of money, they distributed away their wealth,
an inheritance, giving it to the poor. For his beneficence and holy life the
Lord rewarded Zenobios with the gift of healing various maladies. And he was
chosen bishop of a Christian community in Cilicia.
In the dignity of
bishop, Saint Zenobios zealously spread the Christian faith among the pagans.
When the emperor Diocletian (284-305) began a persecution against Christians,
Bishop Zenobios was the first one arrested and brought to trial to the governor
Licius. "I shalt speak with thee but briefly, – said Licius to the saint,
– for I propose to thee: life – if thou worshipest our gods, or death – if
thou dost not". The saint answered: "This present life without Christ
is death; better I prepare to endure the present torment for my Creator, and
then with Him live eternally, than to renounce Him because of the present life,
and then be tormented eternally in hades".
By order of Licius,
they nailed him to a cross and began the torture. The sister of the bishop,
seeing the suffering of her brother, wanted then to stop it with him. She
bravely confessed her own faith in Christ afront the governor, for which she
also was given over to torture.
By the power of the
Lord they remained alive after torture on a red-hot cot and in a boiling
kettle. The saints were then beheaded. Presbyter Hermogenes secretly buried the
bodies of the martyrs.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.