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Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, the Myroblite

Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, the Myroblite, is a soldier saint. He encourged Holy Martyr Nestor to fight and kill Lyaios.

Biography

26 October - Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, the Myroblite, was put to death with his companion Holy Martyr Nestor, whose feast-day is 27 October.

Early in the 4th Century, in Thessalonika, the Emperor Maximinian was attending the public gladiatorial games. During a game, the Emperor's favorite gladiator, a barbarian named Lyaios, challenged / provoked everyone in the city to fight to the death. Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, the Myroblite, prayed. Encouraged by Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, Holy Martyr Nestor fought and killed Lyaios in public combat in the coliseum. Enraged, the Emperor ordered both Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios and Holy Martyr Nestor , who were Christians, to be executed in revenge for the killing of his favorite gladiator.

After his death, the body of Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios exuded a sweet-smelling oil, called "myron" in Greek. For this reason, he is called the "Myroblite."
Many healing miracles were performed through the intercession of Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, the Myroblite.
Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, the Myroblite is venerated as a powerful and popular protector and healer.

Apostolos and Gospel

The Apostolos and Gospel readings for Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios' feast are about being steadfast in faith, as a soldier is strong in battle.

2 Tim:2:1-10
Jn 15:17-16:2 or Mt 8:23-27

Holy Martyr Nestor

27 October - Holy Martyr Nestor was the companion of the Holy and Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios, the Myroblite, whose feast-day is 26 October.

More information

Great-martyr St. Demetrios Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

St. Demetrius David Woods, Dept. of Ancient Classics, University College Cork, Ireland

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Great-martyr St. Demetrios Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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