This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Demetrios of Thessaloniki
Demetrios of Thessaloniki [Greek: Δημήτριος της Θεσσαλονίκης, Demetrios Tis Thessalonikis) c. 270-360 A.D) was born to a Patrician family in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. His parents were secretly Christians, and he was instructed in the faith from an early age. He lived out his life in service to the Roman Military as the Commander of Thessaly and gained such favor for his loyalty and skill in combat, that Emperor Maximian eventually appointed him Proconsul of Greece. Throughout his tenure in office, Demetrios did all that he could to protect his fellow Christians from persecution, and was even responsible for converting many powerful pagans to the faith. When his political enemies discovered that he was a Christian, he was reported to the Emperor and imprisoned. Sentence to death in the Gladiatorial games, Demetrios died fighting to the death to protect his fellow Christians.