Zeno, Macarius, & Companions - Martyrs
September 6th (285-305)
Leaders of a group of Christian soldiers killed for the faith at Melitene, Armenia, under Constantius I. They are said to have numbered more than one thousand (Benedictines).
"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 servants now departed, Eudoxius and his companions. Grant that we may always serve thee without cowardice, ignorance or fear of 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."