Orthodox Saint Zenobia History and Name Day Information

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There’s no doubts that saints are important to Orthodox Church. According to OrthodoxWiki, a saint is, “set apart for God’s service. It is a person who has cooperated with God’s grace to the extent that his or her holiness is beyond doubt.” Although saints can occur at any time in history, there are a lot who occurred in the early days of the church.

Each of the saints who are officially recorded in church history has their own feast day and those who have been named after them celebrate their name days on the saints’ feast days. Saint Zenobia is one of those who have been “set apart for God’s service.” Her feastday is on October 30th. Here’s more information about her:

About Saint Zenobia 

Saint Zenobia was brought up in the Christian faith along with her brother, Zenobius. Eventually, the two were martyred together. Zenobia and Zenobius were Christians because of their parents. The four of them were strong in their faith. The problem is, they were alive during a time of heavy Christian persecution at the hands of the Roman Empire. Zenobius was a physician and healed many in God’s name. Zenobia also openly practiced her faith. The pair were taken by the governor Lysias for their beliefs. They were tortured and then beheaded.

Hymns of Saint Zenobia 

Saint Zenobia’s feast day is on October 30th of each year. Here are the hymns that are chanted or sung on this day.

Apolytikion of Martyrs Zenobius & Zenobia – Fourth Tone

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Kontakion of Martyrs Zenobius & Zenobia – Plagal of the Fourth Tone

With songs inspired by God, let us now render honour, as is due unto Zenobius and wise Zenobia, the pair of siblings in the flesh, who proclaimed true religion; those two martyrs of truth, who, passing their lives as one, also received together through martyrdom crowns that shall not fade.

Saint Zenobia one of the early saints of the Orthodox Christian Church. Her feast day is on October 30th of each year.  Check the Name Day page for more information about other Orthodox Christian name days.


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