Skip to comments.Who Is Saint Nicholas?
Posted on 12/19/2010 4:27:02 PM PST by Bokababe
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminalsmurderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).
Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas' life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need.
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I love this story & have been teaching my 3 year old that Santa was a real guy who worked for Jesus. So far, it’s working in our house!
It's absolutely amazing how many things can be cranked into a single month regarding this one topic.
So, thanks for the post.
Thank you, Boka! This is perfect!
Thank you, Boka! This is perfect!
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St. Nicholas initiated Festivus. (ducking real fast)
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My favorite “Jolly Old Saint Nick” story — at the Council of Nicea, Nicholas encountered Arius. The saint knocked the heresiarch down and beat the cr@p out of him.
14) But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15) So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
16) Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
I have no idea what your point is.
the usual agenda. Thanks for posting
What agenda is that?
Actually, St. Nicholas' Day is a Fasting Day for Orthodox Christians-- no meat, no dairy -- only vegetables, fruits, grains and fish.
And plenty of people celebrated Slava yesterday.