Our Holy Father Nicholas the Wonderworker,
Archbishop of Myra
This Saint lived during the reign of Saint
Constantine the Great, and
reposed in 330. As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He
made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where
he found a place to
withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to
that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his
homeland to be a cause of salvation for many.
returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He
became known for his
abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those
had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth.
He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea
in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly
the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the
the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his
were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be
taken against this
hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our
Lady Theotokos appeared to certain bishops, informing them that no action was to
be taken against him, since he had acted not out of
passion, but out of
extreme love and piety.
for Holy Hierarchs, "The truth of things has revealed you
to your flock ..." was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the
patron of all travelers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the
best known and loved Saints of all time.
Reading courtesy of
Monastery, Brookline, MA.
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