20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
According to various martyrologies and menologion, the persecution included the burning of a church that held numerous Christians on Christmas Day. The Roman Martyrology reports four groups of martyrs from that time.
The number 20,000 may be apocryphal. However, the martyrs of Nicomedia continue to be honored with feast days: they are commemorated on 28 December in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and by the Byzantine Catholic and Latin Rite Catholic Churches.
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