St. Demetrius of Sermium

Feast Day:
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.


    3rd century


    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
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Salonica, Greece

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.
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