October 8 – Saint Demestrius of Sermium: Patron Saint of Belgrade, Serbia

Saint Demestrius of Sermium (Patron Saint of Belgrade, Serbia) (Feast Date: October 8)

Extract from St. Dimitrios: “Great Martyr Dimitrios, the Myrrh-flowing and Wonderworking Saint, was a Christian and the son of the military commander of Thessalonica in the early fourth century. St. Dimitrios was the only son and was, because of this, most carefully cherished and educated. When his father died, Dimitrios was appointed by Emperor Maximian to take his place. Maximian was an opponent of Christ and charged Dimitrios to persecute and to kill the Christians in that city. Instead, Dimitrios disobeyed Maximian and openly confessed and preached Christianity. Hearing of this, the Emperor was furious and on his way back from battles against the Sarmathians he went to Thessalonica to look into the matter. He summoned Dimitrios and questioned him about his faith. Dimitrios confessed his belief as well as his disgust for idolatry (and thus openly criticising the Emperor himself). The enraged Emperor cast him into prison, and Dimitrios, knowing his fate, had his servant Lupus give his wealth to the poor (being glad that suffering for Christ was to be his lot. An angel of God appeared to Dimitrios saying, “Peace be with thee, thou sufferer for Christ; be brave and strong!” After several days, the Emperor sent soldiers to the prison to kill Dimitrios. The soldiers came into the cell finding the Saint at prayer, and killed him with their spears. Christians the secretly took his body and buried it, and his relics began producing a healing fragrant myrrh. A small church was soon built over his relics, and when an Illyrian nobleman, by the name of Leontius, ran prayerfully up to the relics of St. Dimitrios and was completely cured of an incurable disease, he built a much larger church replacing the small one.” See PICTURE of Saint Demetrios. See also: Demetrius of Thessaloniki (Multilingual), The Life of Saint Demetrius, Demestrius of Sermium, St. Demetrius (EN), Demetrio de Tesalónica, Santo (SP), Saint Démétrius (FR), San Demetrio di Tessalonica Martire (IT), Święty Dymitr Sołuński (PO).

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Demistrius of  on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Protests and History of Violence in Belgrade, Serbia (February 2011) (Europe)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 14 – February 27, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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