This Day, the Eleventh Day of November
At Cotyaeum, in Phrygia, during the persecution of Diocletian, the celebrated martyrdom of Saint Mennas, Egyptian soldier, who cast off the military belt and obtained the grace of serving the King of Heaven secretly in the desert. Afterwards coming out publicly, and freely declaring himself a Christian, he was first subjected to dire torments; and finally kneeling in prayer, and giving thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, he was struck with the sword. After his death, he was renowned for many miracles.
In Mesopotamia, Saint Athenodorus, martyr, who was subjected to fire and other torments under the same Diocletian and the governor Eleusius. He was at length sentenced to capital punishment, but the executioner having fallen down and no other person daring to strike him with the sword, he passed to his repose in the Lord whilst praying.