Preface of a Saint (1)
PRAYER (traditional language)
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Lessons revised at GC 2009
|NICHOLAS OF MYRA
Bishop and philanthropist (6 DEC 326)
The story of St. Nicholas offers a possible way of dealing with the “Santa Claus” problem, to parents who do not want to lie to their children, even in fun, but do not want to say simply: “Bah, humbug! There is no such thing as Santa. Forget about him.”
Nicholas was a native of the western part of what is now Asiatic Turkey. He became Bishop of Myra in the fourth century, and there are many stories of his love for God and for his neighbor.
The best-known story involves a man with three unmarried daughters, and not enough money to provide them with suitable dowries. This meant that they could not marry, and were likely to end up as prostitutes. Nicholas walked by the man’s house on three successive nights, and each time threw a bag of gold in through a window (or, when the story came to be told in colder climates, down the chimney). Thus, the daughters were saved from a life of shame, and all got married and lived happily ever after.
Because of this and similar stories, Nicholas became a symbol of anonymous gift-giving. Hence, if we give a gift to [more]
Source: St. Nicholas of Myra
St. Nicholas of Myra. 2016. St. Nicholas of Myra. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Nicholas.htm. [Accessed 06 December 2016].