The Feast of Saint Nicholas is one of my favorite feast days for a few reasons. First, this day marks my husband, Nick’s, Feast Name Day. Happy Feast Name Day Nick! Second, I just love the story of Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra! Let me tell you some interesting facts about this holy man.
The Real Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas was born into wealth, in 270 A.D., in a town along the southern coast of Turkey. He was raised as a devout Christian. However, his parents died, from an epidemic, when Nicholas was very young. They left their money to Nicholas. Literally following the biblical passage, “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” (Matt 19:21), Nicholas used all his wealth to give aid and comfort to the sick and the poor. Therefore, known for his generosity, Saint Nicholas has become an icon of the Christmas spirit. Marketers have commercialized the concept of Saint Nicholas’ generosity, with what we refer to today as “Santa Claus.”
But Nicholas, as Bishop of Myra, was more than simply a generous man. True to his Christian faith, Nicholas suffered exile and imprisonment under Emperor Diocletian. Once released from prison, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicea, in 325 A.D., and thusly, participated in the formation of what we recite at every Mass, the Nicene Creed. Saint Nicholas died on December 6, 343 A.D. in Myra.
If you would like to learn more about this wonderful Saint, then visit the Saint Nicholas Center by clicking here. On this site, you can learn about the many stories and legends attributed to Saint Nicholas’ generosity.
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