The beeswax icon is hand-carved with great attention to details. Thanks to the addition of incense during the manufacturing process the icon exudes a light aroma, which is firmly associated in our minds with the calming atmosphere of church rooms.
Saint Demetrius is one of the holy warriors and the patron saint of Thessaloniki, where his grave and relics are kept. He protected the city from many natural disasters. He is also the protector of catechists.
Demetrius was born in Thessaloniki to pious parents who were secret Christians. He was very gifted, both physically and spiritually. Emperor Maximian Galerius appreciated Demetrius' talents and appointed him proconsul in Thessaloniki.
He had the gift of a missionary and catechist, thanks to which the saint led many people away from idolatry. But news of this reached Maximian Galerius, who urged him to repent and turn away from Christianity. The saint boldly confessed his faith, for which he was imprisoned and subjected to many horrible tortures.
Near the saint's prison there was a stadium where another Christian, Nestor, had to fight a most feared imperial gladiator, Lyeios. With the blessing of St. Demetrius, Nestor defeated his giant opponent. But this provoked the anger of the emperor, who ordered his soldiers to find Demetrius in prison and kill him. And so they did.
Christians took the saint's bloody body and buried it at the site of his martyrdom. Later, a temple was built there, and then the great church (basilica) of St. Demetrius that we know today.
Another disciple of the saint, his servant named Lupp, took the bloody riza and the martyr’s ring and began to heal the sick with them. With this riza and the ring, he wrought many miracles.
The memory of Saint Demetrius is commemorated on October 26.