Demetrios the Neomartyr

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Saint Demetrios the Neomartyr (April 14)

Demetrios the Neomartyr was born in the small village near the city of Tripolis, in Arcadia area. At the early nineteenth century the Turks firmly controlled this land more than three centuries.

Being a teenager, Demetrios was apprenticed to a Turkish contractor, which convinced him to a refuse the Christ and to accept Islam for the good life. Demetrios even change his name, and became Mehmet.

But, fortunately, his father could find Demetrios after several months, and draw the boy away from the muslim environment, and return him to the Christ once again. Young christian had many prayer for forgiveness, after which he went in contrition. Leaving the Tripolis, Demetrios made his way to the island of Chios where he hoped to show his sincere repentance.

At Chios he was admitted to a monastery in which he want to cleanse himself of his shameful act, and to serve the Savior with all his heart and soul. Many monks heard his confessions and were deeply moved by the lad's sincere remorse, so they let him to remain among them. Finally he was tonsured a monk after the proper training. Wishing to console Demetrios, abbot reminded him the story of Peter's denial of Christ, after which Peter repented and became the saint, who preached to the end of his life for the Savior.

Demetrios bore himself in a manner of the highest ascetic rules, but he was troubled by an unfulfilled wish to make an act which would completely expiate his sin. And he thought, the right way is to return to the place of his fall and there to confess his belief in Christ before those who were witnesses of his acceptance of islam. The abbot tried to dissuade him by citing the decision of David to preach the word of God for all his days rather than sacrifice himself in an untimely death. But Demetrios felt in his heart the necessity to faced the Turks of Tripolis.

And he returned to openly avow his fidelity to Jesus and for this he was executed as the turncoat from islam. The holy relix of this brave newmartyr, who gave his life for Christ on April 14 lie in the Church of Saint Demetrios in Tripolis, Greece.

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