The Holy Martyrs Zinon and Zina

Commemorated on June 22

      The Holy Martyrs Zinon and Zina lived in the city of Philadelphia (Arabia). They led a pious life. Saint Zinon possessed a large fortune, but he distributed his substance to the poor and manumitted slaves to freedom. Together with his devoted servant Zina, he went to the governor and denounced him for idol-worship. They hung them from pillars, struck at them with iron hooks, rubbed their wounds with vinegar and salt, scorched their sides and chests with fire, threw them in a pit with fire and poured boiling oil over the sufferers. The saints endured all the tortures with forbearance and by the power of God they remained alive. Finally, the martyrs were beheaded with a sword (+ 304).

© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.