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The Life of Our Patron Saint
Saint Demetrios was born in Salonica, in 250 A.D., of a distinguished Christian family and eventually came to hold the important position of an officer of Rome. He was later imprisoned in Salonica for openly declaring, against the will of the emperor, that he was a Christian.
Occasionally, the emperor, Maximianos, would go to Salonica when public games were held in his honor. One wrestler in particular, Lyaeus, noted for his stature and strength, would daily provoke any Christian in the arena to fight with him.
Nestor, a Christian who was to fight Lyaeus, first went to see Saint Demetrios in prison. Saint Demetrios made the sign of the cross upon Nestor and prayed for his success, that the glory of Christ might be made manifest through his victory. As a result, Nestor was greatly encouraged by Saint Demetrios, and was able to emerge as the victor against Lyaeus.
Upon hearing of this Christian victory, the enraged emperor ordered the death of both Nestor and Saint Demetrios. Thus, Saint Demetrios was pierced with a spear in his side, the exact fatal wound suffered by the Lord upon the cross.
About the tomb of Saint Demetrios there flowed holy myrrh, which has given rise to his special title of “myrrh-giver”. The Orthodox faithful also honor Saint Demetrios for the many miracles that are performed in his name, which is why he is also known as a “wonder-worker” in the Church.