Warrior saints. Located in the right part of the arch, above the icon of the ‘Crucifixion’.
Byzantine fresco from the 12th century.
Warrior saints of the Early Christian Church are prominent in the history of Christianity. The persecution of Christians under Diocletian or other Roman Emperors usually furnished the background for soldier-saint hagiography which has a common theme: a soldier of the Empire who has become a Christian finds that his devotion conflicts with traditional religious practices of the Roman military. Refusing to participate in rituals of loyalty to the Emperor, he is subjected to corporal punishment that escalates to torture—which miraculously may not affect him—but he does not deny his faith and is martyred. Amongst them: St. Demetrius, St. George, St. Sebastian, St. Theodore, St. Sergius and Bacchus.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Website of ‘stnicholascenter.org’ & Wikipedia.