Saint Dimitrios the Myrrh Bearer - Athonite
Saint Dimitrios the Myrrh Bearer - Athonite
Saint Dimitrios the Myrrh Bearer - Athonite
Saint Dimitrios the Myrrh Bearer - Athonite
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Saint Dimitrios the Myrrh Bearer

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The Story Behind This Icon:

Saint Dimitrios lived in Thessaloniki, during the early 300s A.D. He was part of a noble family and was known for his intelligence and good virtue. Saint Dimitrios’ military capabilities led him to his position as commander of the Roman forces in Proconsul and Thessaly, for the Hellenic part of the empire. As commander, he was able to convert many other elites and important figures around the empire, even as paganism was the prominent religion at the time. As Emperor Maximian returned to Rome after achieving victory against the Scythians, he stopped for a celebration in Thessaloniki, offering sacrifices to idols. When Saint Dimitrios was asked to do so, he proclaimed his faith as a Christian, resulting in his imprisonment. At that time, the Emperor was holding an arena match for gladiators to battle; he had brought with him Lyaios, a giant man with great strength, whom no one had ever beaten in battle before. A man named Nestor wanted to show the Emperor the power of Christianity and went to the imprisoned Saint Dimitrios to ask for his blessing as he was about to challenge Lyaios to a battle in the arena. Saint Dimitrios made the sign of the cross on Nestor’s head and chest. Nestor headed to the arena, and prior to the start of the match, yelled “God of Dimitrios, help me!” Nestor won the battle easily, even though he was at a clear disadvantage in strength. He looked up, expecting the Emperor to bow down before Christ and convert, but on the contrary, he was imprisoned for the use of ‘witchcraft’. Both Dimitrios and Nestor were tortured and put to death. To this day, the body of Saint Dimitrios flows with myrrh at the church of Saint Dimitrios in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Saint Dimitrios’ feast day is celebrated on October 26, while Nestor’s is the following day.


This icon of Saint Dimitrios is reproduced, with permission, from the authentic icon painted by the monks in the Cell of St. John the Theologian Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou in Mount Athos, Greece. This icon is part of our collection “Icons from Mount Athos”, which features all icons from the Cell of St. John the Theologian.

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