Wednesday, December 13, 2017 UTC

DEC 5 & 6: FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA ARCHBISHOP

s_nicholas4large DEC 5: GREAT VESPERS (VISIT OF ST. NICHOLAS) (SCM) – 6

The church commemorates St Nicholas the Wonder-worker and Archbishop of Myra, because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession. Though his family had been rich, Saint Nicholas decided to distribute all of his possessions to the poor and to dedicate himself to serving Christ. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.As bishop, Saint Nicholas remembered his own past as an orphan and held a special place in his heart for orphans (and all young children). He continued to give them small gifts and money (especially to the poor), and he provided dowries to three young women who could not afford to marry.

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