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Saint Of The Day: Demetrius of Thessaloniki

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During the Middle Ages, Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki came to be revered as one of the most important military saints, often paired with Saint George. The earliest written accounts of his life were compiled in the 9th century, although there are earlier images of him, and the 7th-century Miracles of Saint Demetrios collection. According to these early accounts, Demetrios was born to pious Christian parents in Thessaloniki, Illyricum in 270. The biographies have Demetrios as a young man of senatorial family who was run through with spears in around 306 AD in Thessaloniki, during the Christian persecutions of Diocletian and Galerian, which matches his depiction in the 7th century mosaics.



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