Saint Demetrius, Great martyr, the Myrrh-flowing
St .Demetre of Misti -Konaklı nigde Cappadokia
Commemorated on October 26
Saint Demetrios following his arrest was kept bound in a bathhouse. While the games were under way in the city, Maximian was a spectator there. A certain friend of his, a barbarian who was a noble wrestler, Lyaeus by name, waxing haughty because of the height and strength of his body, boasted in the stadium and challenged the citizens to a contest within him. All that fought with him were defeated. Seeing this, a certain youth named Nestor, acquaintance of Demetrios’, came to the Saint in the bath-house and asked his blessing to fight Lyaeus single handed. Receiving this blessing and sealing himself with the sign of the precious Cross, he presented himself in the stadium, and said, “O God of Demetrios, help me!” and straightway he engaged Lyaeus in combat and smote him with a mortal blow to the heart, leaving the former boaster lifeless upon the earth. Maximian was sorely grieved over this, and when he learned who was the cause of this defeat, he commanded straightway and Demetrios was pierced with lances while he was yet in the bath house. As for Nestor, Maximian commanded that he be slain and be beheaded with his own sword. Holy Martyr Nestor of Thessaloniki is commemorated on the 27th of October.
(Source: From Symeon Metarphrastes and The Great Collection of Readings of the blessed Metropolitan Macarius of Moscow. The Passion of the Holy, Glorious Great-Martyr Demetrios)
Hymn of Praise
The Holy Martyr Nestor
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
St. Nestor was outraged at evil
And was zealous for the Christian Faith.
The young disciple of St. Demetrius
Seemed young and weak against the terrible Lyaeus,
But he traced the sign of the Cross on himself
And impaled the powerful Lyaeus on a spear.
He had been given power from above,
Like David against Goliath.
“You will conquer, but you will be tortured,
And will lay down your life for Christ.”
Thus Demetrius prophesied to him,
And as he said, so it came to pass.
Nestor jubilantly went to torture,
And wonderfully magnified the wondrous Christ
With sweet words and sweet hymns,
And fervent prayers for the Church.
Great in spirit, small in years,
He did not grieve over his young life;
His blood strengthened the Church,
And Nestor was eternally glorified.
Troparion Saint Demetrius, Great martyr — Tone 3
The world has found you to be a great defense against tribulation and a vanquisher of heathens, O Passion-bearer. As you bolstered the courage of Nestor, who then humbled the arrogance of Lyaios in battle, Holy Demetrius, entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy.