Placidus; Christian name Eustachius, General of Rome under Emperor Trajan. According to tradition, his epiphany came while on a hunting trip when he saw the cross in the antlers of a stag, and received a prophesy that he would suffer for Christ. He converted, was discredited, and lost family and his property and thus was a pauper. Trajan recalled him to active duty, because of his great military skill, to fight against barbarian raiders, and he was reunited with his family. After defeating the barbarians, Eustachius refused to make the obligatory victory sacrifice to the Roman gods and was imprisoned and executed with others who refused. See painting below:
"O LORD GOD of hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the warriors of thy kingdom in the Church Militant. Support them in the day and hour of battle, and, during slow times, keep them safe from evils and temptations. Endue them with courage and loyalty to God's Word like thy servant now departed, General Eustachius. Grant that we may always serve thee without cowardice, ignorance or fear in the face of men, through Christ our only Rock, Defender, and Savior, whom with thee, the Father, and thee, the Holy Spirit, we worship and adore as the One True and Living God, now and forever. Amen."