SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

St. Nicholas Day.......

Dec 6, 2015
St. Nicholas Day.......

Today is St. Nicholas Day.   We missed you in church and so did St. Nicholas!   Best wishes to all those whose name is Nicholas! 

 

Nothing is known of the early life of Nicholas, but it is known that he was born at the turn of the fourth century, during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian in the area which is now Turkey.  Nicholas had suffered imprisonment, harsh treatment and torture at the hands of the enemies of the Church.  It was not until the reign of the Christian Emperor Constantine that he was able to lead the normal and peaceful life of a prelate. 

 

His leadership as bishop of Myra was so effective that his fame and popularity gave rise to many legends.  So great was St. Nicholas’ popularity that he became the symbol of protection of children.  He soon became not only the patron saint of children, but also of merchants, sailors, and scholars, and was a protective symbol for travelers. 

 

After his death of natural causes at a venerable age, the legends and myths multiplied, but they only demonstrate how dearly loved he was for his great work.  He was generous to all people, but his fondness for children makes him especially revered.

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