Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Myth of St. Nicholas?

Good Morning Saints!
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.
Psalm 71:14

Craft for the Day
2011 Calendar!!!

Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas
Bishop of Myra, Defender of Orthodoxy, Wonderworker, Holy Hierarch
Bornc. 270 A.D. (the Ides of March)[1]
PataraLyciaAsia Minor(modern-day Turkey)
Died6 December 343 A.D.
Myra, Lycia
Venerated inAll Christianity
MajorshrineBasilica di San NicolaBari, Italy
Feast6 December (main feast day)
19 December (some Eastern churches)[2]
9 May (translation of relics)
AttributesVested as a BishopIn 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
PatronageChildren, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, prostitutes, repentant thieves, pharmacists,archerspawnbrokers
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