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Saint Nicholas (of Myra)

AKA: Nicholas of Bari
Nicholas of Lpnenskij
Nicholas of Lipno
Nicholas of Sarajskij
Nicholas the Miracle Worker
Klaus
Mikulas
Nikolai
Nicolaas
Nicolas
Niklaas
Niklas
Nikolaus
Santa Claus

Born: March 15, 270 in Patara, Roman Empire

Died: December 6, 346 in Myra, Roman Empire (modern day Turkey) of Natural Causes
Relics believed to be at Bari, Italy

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Church
Baptist Church
Eastern Orthodox
Oriental Orthodox
Lutheran Church
Methodist Church
Reformed Church

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: December 6

Patronages: Against Fire
Against Imprisonment
Against Robberies/Robbers
Against Storms at Sea
Against Sterility
Against Thefts
Altar Servers
Archers
Boys
Brides
Captives
Children
Choir Boys
Happy Marriages
Lawsuits Lost Unjustly
Lovers
Maidens
Penitent Murderers
Newlyweds
Old Maids
Paupers
Pilgrims
Prisoners
Scholars
Schoolchildren
Penitent Thieves
Spinsters
Travelers
Unmarried Girls
Apothecaries
Bakers
Bankers
Candle Makers
Grooms
Judges
Teachers
Greek Catholic Church in America
Places: Aberdeen, Scotland
Galway, Ireland
Russia
Greece
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Bari, Italy
Siggiewi, Malta
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lorraine, France
Duchy of Lorraine

It is the common opinion that Saint Nicholas was a native of Patara in Lycia, Asia Minor.  He became a monk in the monastery of Holy Zion near Myra.  Of this house he was made Abbot by the Archbishop, its founder.  When the See of Myra, the capital of Lycia, fell vacant, Saint Nicholas was appointed its Archbishop.  It is said that he suffered for the Faith under Diocletian, and that he was present at the Council of Nice as an opponent of Arianism.  His death occurred at Myra, in the year 342.

The characteristic virtue of Saint Nicholas appears to have been his charity for the poor.  It is also related that he was mortified and abstemious from his very infancy.  Saint Nicholas is regarded as the special patron of children, and our well-known Santa Claus is a derivative of Saint Nicholas.  The Emperor Justinian built a church in honor at Constantinople in the suburb of Blacharnae, about the year 340.  

He has always been honored with great veneration in the Latin and Green Churches.  The Russian Church seems to honor him more than any other Saint after the Apostles.

Prayer: We call upon Your mercy, O Lord.  Through the intercession of Saint Nicholas, keep us safe amid all dangers so that we may go forward without hindrance on the road of salvation.  Amen.

 


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