Saint of the day today, 2 September: Saint Zeno, martyr of Nicomedia
Saint Zeno was persecuted and killed as a consequence of his conversion to Christianity, together with his two sons Cosconius and Concordius
The persecution was perpetrated by the Roman emperor Julian the Apostate.
Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus, known as the Apostate, was the last openly pagan emperor in the history of Rome.
The date of the martyrdom of Zeno and his two sons Concordius and Theodore is not known with certainty, but it is believed to have taken place near Nicomedia
According to the old Roman Martyrology, these saints were commemorated on 2 September with this citation: ‘At Nicomedia, the martyr saints Zeno, Concordius & Theodore his sons’.
The new Roman Martyrology currently only commemorates Zeno.
“At Nicomedia in Bithynia, in present-day Turkey, Saint Zeno, martyr”.