I hope you like the prayer I shared with you, yesterday. It was written from the heart. I haven't listed in in my eBay store yet, but it will be there this week. Today, I was thinking about Christmas and about how Santa Claus/St. Nick came into being. Now, as believers, we all believe in the birth of Christ and celebrate Him coming into the world on this particular day--being born for us. But, let's look at the story behind St. Nicholas. Through much research I have found that this celebration came about in the early years of the Church. To make a long story short, St. Nick was an actual person who helped others and was deemed a saint because of these works. And, yes, he was a Christian. Although there are many stories about St. Nick, this is one of the most prevalent. However, I still think of Christmas as the sacred day of Christ's birth, as do most Christians. Below, I have placed an icon on this page, which gives a brief timeline and history of St. Nicholas. Blessings, Saints!
Scripture for the Day
I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.
Craft for the Day
|Bishop of Myra, Defender of Orthodoxy, Wonderworker, Holy Hierarch|
|Born||c. 270 A.D. (the Ides of March)|
Patara, Lycia, Asia Minor(modern-day Turkey)
|Died||6 December 343 A.D.|
|Venerated in||All Christianity|
|Majorshrine||Basilica di San Nicola, Bari, Italy|
|Feast||6 December (main feast day)|
19 December (some Eastern churches)
9 May (translation of relics)
|Attributes||Vested as a Bishop. In Eastern Christianity, wearing anomophorion and holding a Gospel Book. Sometimes shown withJesus Christ over one shoulder, holding a Gospel Book, and with the Theotokos over the other shoulder, holding an omophorion|
|Patronage||Children, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, prostitutes, repentant thieves, pharmacists,archers, pawnbrokers|