St. Nicholas: Feastday December 6

St. Nicholas, Bishop, Confessor (4th Century)

St. Nicholas is as popular as he is little known. He was bishop of Myra (part of modern-day Turkey) in the early 4th century. His devotion, widely adopted in the Orient, spread throughout Europe, especially after his relics were transferred to Bari, Italy, in 1087 to avoid Muslim desecration. Countless churches are dedicated to this saint, and he is the subject of innumerable icons. His most acclaimed miracle is the resurrection of three children. Today, legend has transformed him into the St. Nicholas who brings gifts to children.

 

Relics of St. Nicholas:

St. Nicholas’ relics are still preserved in the church of San Nicola in Bari, Italy. Up to the present day, an oily substance, known as Manna di S. Nicola, which is highly valued for its medicinal powers, is said to flow from them.

 

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