Nicholas was raised by Christian parents, but was orhaned at an early age. He used his inheritance and his considerable influence to help those in
need. His kindness endeared him to everyone. He is most famous for the gifts of money he made to a suddenly impoverished family, to allow the
daughters to be married rather than to be given over to prostitution. On three separate nights, he secretly left money at the house of the family. He
was discovered on the third night by the father, who was sworn to secrecy.
From these deeds and other events, Saint Nicholas became known as the Patron Saint of children. On one of his journeys, the ship in which he was
traveling was delivered from a storm through his prayers, and he is thus regarded as the patron saint of mariners. Russian Orthodox Christians became
so devoted to Saint Nicholas that he is regarded also as the Patron Saint of Russia.
St. Nicholas is one of the most widely venerated saints in all Christiandom. The honour extended to him includes not only the Orthodox and Roman
Catholics, but Protestant denominations as well. He is honoured even by Muslims. In the weekly liturgical cycle of the Orthodox Church, in which each
day of the week is dedicated to the Saviour and the different orders of heavenly and earthly sanctity, only three persons are singled out by name: the
Mother of God, John the Forerunner and St. Nicholas. This latter is quite extraordinary given that he left neither theological works nor other
writings. Rather, the Church sees in him the personification of the shepherd, the one who par excellenceis both defender and intercessor.
He was born of eminent and wealthy parents, and instructed in thhe spiritual life by his uncle Nicholas, bishop of Patara. He later became a monk at
New Sion Monastery. On the death of his parents, he distributed all the property he inherited to the poor, keeping nothing back for himself. As a
priest of Patara, he was known for his charitable works, fulfilling the Lord's words: "Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth." (St.
Matthew 6:3). Though it was his wish to lead the life of a solitary in silence, he was made the Bishop of Myra in the province of Lykia. Continuing
his charitable works, he also endured persecution being imprisoned during the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian. He was presnet at the First
Ecumenical Council in Nicaea in 325.
He became known as a champion of justice after having twice saved men from undeserved sentences of death, and after having delivered people from
slavery by providing the necessary payments for their deliverance
The story of Santa Claus is inextricable from Saint Nicholas of Myra. The former derives from the latter, with heavy doses of local cultural
influence, particularly from the Protestant countries of Northern Europe, where veneration of saints was abolished. The elfish quality was added in
The links here concern primarily the Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus connection. Left to others is the promotion of Santa without the saint. For additional
accounts dealing more with Saint Nicholas and less with Santa, see the Saint Nicholas links.
The links on this page take you to other sites on the Internet. No endorsement of those sites is implied. Items found there may well be
Saint Nicholas a short history
Santa Claus with St. Nicholas as intro
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Christmas in Slovakia(hymn to St. Nicholas - Carpatho-Rusyn)
Saint Nicholas from Catholic Online Saints
Old traditions gladden young hearts
What About Santa? History, then how to break the news to your little ones.
St.Nicholas history from the Santa Claus home page
Printable poster of Santa Claus, courtesy of Aaron Shepard.
Saint Nicholas on his native territory - now Turkey. One of the sites of the Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Pages.
MidnightDStroyer//// if these people say that this ""santa "" will replace God ,then they are not Christians.
any way......just thought id write back to confirm that ""yes"" there was a St Nicholas living in tose times........
And ""yes"" today there is so much deliberate lies put out that no one knows what or who to beleive........
(im not having a go at any one!!!)
just at those deliberate liers!!!(the people making the lies up)
[Edited on 21-3-2003 by helen]