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  • The Real St. Nicholas – How Did a Cantankerous but Holy Bishop Become Jolly Ole St. Nick?

    12/06/2010 2:56:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Real St. Nicholas – How Did a Cantankerous but Holy Bishop Become Jolly Ole St. Nick?By: Msgr. Charles Pope  Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick  (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making. Some years ago the Washington Post featured an article entitled Poles Apart: Nicholas...
  • The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either

    12/06/2012 3:35:21 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 5, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today (Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making. Some years ago the Washington Post featured an article entitled Poles Apart: Nicholas of Myra; How a 4th-Century Bishop Achieved Fame 1,500 Years Later, With a Whole New Attitude.On this feast of...
  • 'Black Pete' Makes Some See Red ... Racism Controversy Dampens Holland's Sinterklaas Tradition

    11/22/2013 11:39:38 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/18/2013 | Rebecca Farivar
    • Racism controversy dampens Holland's Sinterklaas tradition Children across Europe eagerly await the arrival of St. Nicholas on December 6. But in Holland, the tradition has racist implications that the Dutch aren't quite willing to give up. For the Dutch, Sinterklaasavond (St. Nicholas Eve) on December 5 is the biggest celebration of the year - bigger than Christmas. That evening, families gather and exchange presents, and children leave out their shoes in the hopes that Sinterklaas will have fill them with candy by the next morning. What seems like a harmless holiday devoted to gifts, candy, and children, has a...
  • Modern Santa Has Little in Common With 'Original' One, Scholar Says

    12/25/2012 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/25/2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    No Christmas passes by without depictions of Santa Claus, and yet we know little about St. Nicholas, the real man behind the red-suited, white-bearded legend. A U.S. scholar, who discovered the truth about him, offers insights on what the "original" Santa was known for. While the vast majority of saint stories that circulated in the early church involved extraordinary miracles and healings or dramatic martyrdoms and confessions of Christ, the story of Nicholas was about a regular family facing a familiar crisis to which ordinary people could relate, writes Adam C. English, author of The Saint Who Would Be Santa...
  • Better than Santa Claus, Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/06/2010 4:10:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | December 2010 | Louise Perrotta
    Better than Santa Claus Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker. By: Louise Perrotta A friend was struggling. You could see it in his eyes and in his growing estrangement from his family and from church. I prayed for him, sensing he was headed for deep trouble. And since the need was so great and the crisis so near, I entrusted my friend to the care of St. Nicholas of Myra. This bishop of the early church—the real person behind the figure of Jolly Old Saint Nick—might not strike you as an obvious choice when it comes to interceding for a...
  • Who Was St. Nicholas? The True Story Of Santa Claus

    12/06/2011 4:10:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | December 6, 2011 | Rome Reports
    December 5, 2011. ( December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Bari, otherwise known as Santa Claus. He was bishop of the city of Myra, in present day Turkey, where he died in the fourth century. When the city was conquered by Muslims, his remains were moved to the Italian city of Bari. When his parents died, he divided his fortune among the poor. Because of his generosity, tradition remembers him as Santa Claus, who every year would deliver gifts to everyone. He is also the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Turkey. In Rome, a temple...
  • Who Is Saint Nicholas?

    12/19/2010 4:27:02 PM PST · by Bokababe · 15 replies
    St. Nicholas Center ^ | 2010 | Staff
    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...
  • Suspicious blaze breaks out at Bronx church St. Nicholas of Tolentine

    03/05/2010 8:36:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 625+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | 03-05-10 | Mike Jaccarino AND Jonathan Lemire
    Suspicious blaze breaks out at Bronx church St. Nicholas of Tolentine By Mike Jaccarino AND Jonathan LemireDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Friday, March 5th 2010, 2:56 PM Harbus for NewsThe two-alarm blaze broke out just before the noon Mass at St. Nicholas of Tolentine as the University Heights church started to fill up with parishioners, the pastor said. Harbus for NewsThe fire started in a former confessional-turned-storage room in the vestibule of the church, blocking the main entrance. A suspicious fire ignited in a Bronx church Friday, filling the sanctuary with flames and smoke and forcing its pastor to hustle...
  • Turkey May Want Santa Bones Back

    12/31/2009 3:57:30 PM PST · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 541+ views
    Daily Express (U.K.) ^ | December 31, 2009
    Top officials in Turkey say the country is considering requesting the return of St Nicholas's remains from Italy so they may be placed at a museum to be built at his birthplace. St Nicholas, from whom the story of Santa Claus emerged, was born and served as a bishop of what is now the Turkish Mediterranean town of Demre, in the 4th century AD. He was buried there, but his bones were later taken to the southern Italian town of Bari. Turkish Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay told the Anatolia news agency that Turkey was planning to build a museum in...
  • Celebrating Nikolaus in Germany

    12/06/2009 6:17:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 711+ views
    The ^ | 4 Dec 09
    The LowdownCelebrating Nikolaus in Germany Published: 4 Dec 09 10:13 CETOnline: Each December 6, German children celebrate Nikolaus. Why does the Santa look-alike come so early and why do all the children place their shoes outside their front doors on the evening before? The Local has the lowdown. Is Nikolaus the same as Santa Claus? Though they have similar outfits, Nikolaus is not to be confused with Santa Claus, who Germans call the Weihnachtsmann, or Father Christmas. They are two different people. In fact, many religious families try to focus more on Nikolaus earlier in December to insure that...
  • German diocese creates ‘Santa-free zone’

    11/12/2009 11:55:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies · 721+ views
    CNA ^ | Speyer, Germany, Nov 11, 2009 German diocese creates ‘Santa-free zone’ Related articles: Santa ClausAdvent Christmas Tree BlessingHail to Thee, True BodyChristmas Tree Speyer, Germany, Nov 11, 2009 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- In an effort to encourage people to replace the commercialization of the Christmas season with a true devotion to Advent, Christmas and the “true Santa Claus,” several groups within the German Diocese of Speyer have initiated a “Santa-free campaign.” The Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) of Speyer has partnered with other organizations to champion the cause of St. Nicholas of Myra, a friend and helper of children and those in trouble....
  • Russia's Patriarch Kirill praises humility on St. Nicholas' Day

    05/22/2009 11:50:07 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 321+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 22/05/2009
    MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) - The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church spoke of the importance of meekness during a service on Friday in central Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral to commemorate St. Nicholas' Day. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, fishermen, children, travelers, the falsely accused and the sick, as well as of the cities of Bari, Amsterdam and Liverpool. He is also the archetype for the British and U.S. version of Santa Claus. He is especially venerated in Russia. On Friday, the Russian Orthodox Church marks the day when the relics of St. Nicholas the...
  • A Visit from St. Nicholas (and His Financial Elves)

    12/23/2008 11:19:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 540+ views
    With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House (and the Senate) Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that a stimulus soon would be there. The voters were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of "hope" and "change" danced in their heads. The winners completed their victory lap, And we all settled down for our long winter's nap. For this year the markets had caused such a clatter-- Mortgages--credit crunch--what was the matter? With th'economy hitting new...
  • The "Claus" Clause

    12/02/2008 9:21:54 AM PST · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-05-06 | Tom O'Toole
    Having just turned five years old, I was a little young (at least back then) to question the “Holiday” law-of-the-land. Of course five-year-olds believed in Santa Claus! But it was back in the day when several ages of neighborhood kids used to hang around together, and I was running with some seven and eight-year-olds who were feeding me some pretty good reasons not to believe in that benign big man. Most of you are at least vaguely familiar with the various Protestant Reformation (and later secular) traditions that transformed Saint Nicholas into Santa Claus, so it is not necessary to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-06, Opt. Memorial, St. Nicholas

    12/06/2006 11:14:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 224+ views
    USCCB.,org/New American Bible ^ | 12-06-06 | New American Bible
    December 6, 2006 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Psalm: Wednesday 48 Reading 1Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save...
  • Santa Claus smacks down heresy

    12/30/2005 9:10:34 AM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 396+ views
    Magic Statistics ^ | 12/26/2005
    The institution of Santa Claus has its roots in stories about St Nicholas's generosity and love toward children. But St Nicholas, 4th-century bishop of Myra, had another side. While attending the Council of Nicea in AD 325, he defended orthodox Christology in particularly vigorous fashion:During the Council of Nicea, jolly old St. Nicholas got so fed up with Arius, who taught that Jesus was just a man, that he walked up and slapped him! That unbishoplike behavior got him in trouble. The council almost stripped him of his office, but Nicholas said he was sorry, so he was forgiven.Maybe Santa...
  • How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus: One Theory

    12/20/2005 7:20:30 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 863+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 20, 2005
    Jeremy Seal on an Epic History BATH, England, DEC. 20, 2005 ( The modern persona of Santa Claus is a far cry from its origins: St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra. So how did he go from a charitable saint to an icon of Christmas consumerism? Travel writer Jeremy Seal embarked on an international search to answer that question and recorded his findings in "Nicholas: The Epic Journey from Saint to Santa Claus" (Bloomsbury". Seal told ZENIT what he discovered tracking the cult of Santa Claus across the globe and why he thinks St. Nicholas and his charism of charity still...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-05, Optional Memorial of St. Nicholas

    12/06/2005 9:09:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies · 460+ views American Bible ^ | 12-06-05 | New American Bible
    December 6, 2005Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent Psalm: Tuesday 52 Reading IIs 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • Switzerland: Banned from Santa's Lap (Brought about by concerns over pedophilia)

    11/15/2005 10:32:03 AM PST · by Stoat · 34 replies · 1,235+ views
    Sky News ^ | November 15, 2005
        No more lap sitting for kids Banned From Santa's Lap Updated: 14:55, Tuesday November 15, 2005 Santas in Switzerland have been banned from sitting children on their laps amid concerns about paedophilia.Calls from worried parents prompted the country's Society of St Nicholases to tell their members not to sit youngsters on their knees in the traditional manner.In Switzerland it is St Nicholas rather than Father Christmas who delivers presents to children.It is customary for men dressed as "Samiklaus" to put children on their knees before asking them whether they have been good.However, the society said it had taken...
  • Congregation of St. Nicholas' to worship together one last time

    05/27/2005 5:29:07 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 11 replies · 530+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 5/27/2005 | David Virtue
    MIDLAND, TX- After a final worship service at St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 pm, almost the entire congregation will leave their prominent church building and start a new church called Christ Church Midland. "At this last gathering of our congregational family, there will be grief, but also hope and confidence as we move forward to share Christ's love as a new church, Christ Church Midland," Rev. Jon Stasney, rector (senior pastor) of St. Nicholas', said. Earlier this month, the Episcopal Bishop of Northwest Texas, Wallis Ohl, told the vast majority of the St. Nicholas' congregation...
  • M.F.A. Takes Initiative To Restore Santa Claus Statue (To Maintain Good Relations With Russia)

    04/08/2005 3:40:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 212+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 4/8/2005
    Foreign Ministry proposed putting back the Santa Claus statue to its original place in Demre town of southern Antalya city in respect of maintaining good relations with Russia. The bronze statue which stood in front of St. Nicholas church in Demre was removed last February by Demre municipality. Gregory Pototsky, the Russian artist who sculpted the statue and a group of Russian intellectuals, had called President Ahmet Necdet Sezer by publishing an open letter in a Russian newspaper to take action on the issue. President Sezer had informed Foreign Ministry about the issue. Upon this development, Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary...
  • Turkish Town Exchanges St. Nick for Santa (Former Myra, hometown of St. Nicholas)

    03/24/2005 7:30:54 AM PST · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 4 replies · 279+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2005 | Karl Vick
    DEMRE, Turkey -- In the 4th century, a bishop named Nicholas was a local hero in this seaside town, living the kind of life that eventually led to sainthood. For most of the 16 centuries that followed, Saint Nicholas was known chiefly as the patron of sailors, barrel-makers, small children and Russians. And though it's not entirely clear just when the historical Saint Nicholas began to meld into the image of the jolly man in the red suit, historians can now say precisely when the transformation was complete. On Feb. 3, the Demre City Council voted unanimously to erect a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-04, Optional, St. Nicholas

    12/06/2004 7:38:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 320+ views American Bible ^ | 12-06-04 | New American Bible
    December 6, 2004Monday of the Second Week of Advent Reading IIs 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,the ears of...
  • The Processional Samba (Liturgical Abuse Run Amok)

    11/13/2004 12:21:30 AM PST · by NYer · 81 replies · 1,055+ views ^ | November 12, 2004 | Domenico Bettinelli
    You thought it was bad when overweight, middle-aged nuns in leotards gyrated through the church doing liturgical dance. But are you ready for the celebrant doing his imitation of the whirling Dervishes carrying the Book of the Gospels to the ambo? Someone put some lead weights in Father's shoes. This was part of a church architecture firm's paean to all that is new and modern. Read the language in the description of the "wreck-ovation": The original design's focus "was on the the Tabernacle and the holy places were protected from the people by the Communion railing." It makes it sound...
  • Standing in Awe – A Freeper Research Project

    11/14/2004 8:45:23 AM PST · by Alamo-Girl · 149 replies · 2,219+ views
    Freeper Research | November 14, 2004 | Various
    This is a research project which began on another thread. Those of us contributing to the thread believed the information being gathered might be useful to other Freepers and Lurkers and thus ought to be a research thread to facilitate the collection of observations and research and to solicit contributions from other posters, whether from the Religion forum or the General forum’s science threads. More specifically, we are gathering information which we Freepers have observed in nature that declares that God is or that shows His handiwork. The scope includes observations in Scripture which point to God as its...
  • A New Holiday Hit In Muslim Turkey: Here Comes Santa

    12/24/2003 7:10:01 AM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 175+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Wednesday, December 24, 2003 | HUGH POPE
    <p>ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Santa Claus is coming to town -- in an unlikely country.</p> <p>Many cities across Turkey, home to 70 million Muslims, are erecting sparkling displays of lights on their main boulevards. Decorated trees glitter everywhere. Statues of the jolly old man grace the entrances of major stores. Most know Santa by the local moniker, Noel Baba, or literally, Father Christmas.</p>
  • The Real St. Nicholas

    12/19/2003 7:31:36 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 416+ views ^ | 12-19-03 | Falwell, the Reverend Jerry
    The Real Saint Nicholas Jerry Falwell Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 When Christmas displays are erected on public grounds across the nation, they typically must include a secular element in order to achieve legal requirements. In effect, a manger scene must include a depiction of Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer before it passes constitutional muster. While I believe this is a nonsensical requirement, it is where the seemingly unending ACLU lawsuits against public religious displays have brought us in terms of social policy. However, Christians can utilize this regulation to bring about a positive result. I encourage parents...
  • St. Nicholas belongs in any reclamation of Christmas

    12/06/2003 10:41:08 AM PST · by Destro · 31 replies · 989+ views ^ | December 6, 2003 | Terry Mattingly
    St. Nicholas belongs in any reclamation of Christmas By Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard News Service December 6, 2003 The bureaucrats charged with turning Russia into a godless utopia had a December dilemma and a big part of their problem was St. Nicholas. The early Communists needed to purge Christmas of its savior, sacraments and beloved symbols, including this patron saint of widows and children. What they needed was a faith-free icon for a safe, secular New Year's season. Digging into pre-Christian Slavic legends, they found their superman - Father Frost. "It's so ironic," said the Rev. James Parker III of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-03, Optional, St. Nicholas

    12/06/2003 9:01:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies · 110+ views American Bible ^ | 12-06-03 | New American Bible
    December 6, 2003Saturday of the First Week of Advent Psalm: Saturday 51 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Gospel Reading IIs 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord God,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread you needand the water for which you thirst.No longer will your Teacher hide himself,but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:"This is the way; walk...
  • The Russian legend of St. Nicolas and St. Cassian(Soloviev's Application)

    11/25/2003 8:01:23 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 213+ views
    St. Michael Russian Catholic Church ^ | 1895 | Vladimir Soloviev
    A popular Russian legend tells how St. Nicolas and St. Cassian were upon a visit to the earth. On their journey they met a poor peasant who had got his wagon, with a load of hay upon it, stuck in the mud and was making fruitless efforts to get his horses on. 'Let's go and give the good fellow a hand,' said St. Nicolas. 'Not I; I'm keeping out of it,' replied St. Cassian, 'I don't want to get my coat dirty.' 'Well, wait for me,' said St. Nicolas, 'or go on without me if you like,' and plunging without...
  • Santa Claus gets icy reception in Austria

    12/14/2002 9:12:51 AM PST · by ppaul · 7 replies · 610+ views -- | Section: The News Bizarre Dec. 12, 2002, 2:53PM Santa Claus gets icy reception in Austria Associated Press Associated Press Margit Hammerl and Horst Strauss, members of the Pro-Christkind (Pro-Christ Child) Society, pose in front of a nativity scene at a Vienna Christmas market with Pro-Christkind stickers on their jackets. VIENNA, Austria -- Ho, ho, ho? No, no, no! Santa Claus is coming to town -- and many Austrians wish he'd just stay home. The jolly old elf is getting an icy reception in this alpine country that gave the world "Silent Night" and clings to beloved Christmas...
  • Life of Saint Nicholas the Bishop,from "The Golden Legend"

    12/06/2002 5:42:03 PM PST · by Lady In Blue · 22 replies · 472+ views
    Catholic-Forum.Com ^ | 1275 a.d. | Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine
    Life of Saint Nicholas the Bishop, from The Golden Legend compiled by Jacobus de Voragine "icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra" Nicholas is said of Nichos, which is to say victory, and of laos, people, so Nicholas is as much as to say as victory of people, that is, victory of sins, which be foul people. Or else he is said, victory of people, because he enseigned and taught much people by his doctrine to overcome vices and sins. Or Nicholas is said of Nichor, that is the resplendour or shining of the people, for he had in him things...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-02, Optional, St. Nicholas

    12/06/2002 7:42:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies · 155+ views American Bible ^ | 12-06-02 | New American Bible
    December 6, 2002Friday of the First Week in Advent Psalm: Friday Week 51 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Gospel Families Schools Adults Reading IIs 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord God:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to...