St. Demetrius of Sermium
Eastern Calendar - 10/26
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/08
Patron Of: Against Evil Spirits, Belgrade, Serbia, Crusaders, Salonica, Greece
Also known as
Demetrius the Megalomartyr
Demetrius the Great Martyr
8 October (Roman Church)
26 October (Eastern Church)
Born wealthy and raised Christian. Soldier. Deacon. Martyred in the persecutions of emperor Maximian. His story was extremely popular in the Middle Ages. Reported to have appeared during a battle in 586, two centuries after his death, to help defend Thessalonika. Over 200 churches in the Balkans are known to have been dedicated to him.
run through with spears c.306 at Sirmium (in modern Serbia)
relics originally housed at Sirmium and Thessalonika where they were reported to exude holy oil
a bone relic reported to still be in a monastery on Mount Athos
against evil spirits
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