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Saint Nicholas Of Myra
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Saint Study Podcast
Podcast # 127
- Hello everyone and
welcome to Saint Study Episode 127 – “St. Nicholas of Myra”
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- Let’s look at The
Saint for this weeks study St. Nicholas of Myra
- Saints Birth,
Life-Bio, Death, Feast Day,
- Born between 260 &
- Born to wealthy
- When he was still a
boy his parents died in a plague
- Nicholas became the
heir to his family’s modest fortunes.
- Nicholas was a good
Christian boy who wished to help others.
- His parents had left
him among other valuables, three bars of gold
- Nicholas came to
know of a man who had three daughters but no dowry
- The man was
distraught because they barely had enough to get by with and his
daughters were going to sell themselves into servitude
- One night the man
prayed to our Lord to help him feed his family.
- That night through
an open window, Nicholas, knowing the man was too dropped a gold bar
into the oldest daughters stocking which was hanging on the mantle
- The next morning the
man was so excited that God answered his prayers.
- The oldest daughter
now had a dowry and they weren’t going to starve
- It happened again
for the 2nd daughter and then the 3rd.
- According to the
sources I read, the man waited near the stocking and discovered St.
Nicholas dropping a gold bar into the stocking from the chimney.
This is likely where we got Santa Claus and the anonymity and the
- Nicholas had become
a priest and wanted to be a hermit.
- God revealed to him
in a dream that he should stay with his people in the city and help
- Nicholas still
wanted to see the Holy Land and Egypt. He visited there for a while
but upon his trip home to Myra, the ship he was riding on was in a
- All hands except
Nicholas thought the ship would surely sink. Nicholas prayed to God
for relief from the storm. The storm cleared and they reached their
home port. From that point on sailors adopted Nicholas as their
patron. “May St. Nicholas have the tiller”
- Some time passed
after Nicholas returned to Myra. One day the Arch Bishop died and
the priests had to figure out who was going to be the next bishop.
After praying to God to send them another Bishop, It was revealed to
them that “The first one to come through the door the next morning
would be the new Bishop”
- This revelation was
unknown to Nicholas. As was his way he went to church early every
day. Nicholas was the first one to pass and while he was praying,
his fellow priests came around him to tell him the good news. After
that Nicholas was the new Bishop of Myra.
- Another miracle
given credit to Nicholas was when the crops had failed and the
people were starving. Nicholas went to but a load of grain from a
man who was preparing to sail his ship to another country.
- The man explained
that he could not sell this grain as another had already purchased
it. Nicholas told him he did not need much. Only enough to feed his
- Nicholas promised
the merchant that if he would sell him some grain that he could be
assured that by the time he reaches his destination that the grain
would be restored.
- When the man reached
his destination, Nicholas’ promise was fulfilled. All the grain the
man had sold was accounted for.
- Another tradition
passed down tells how St. Nicholas heard of two wrongfully accused
men had been condemned to death by a corrupt judge. Nicholas arrived
just at the moment the executioner was about to behead the two men.
Nicholas was said to have taken the sword from the executioner and
warn the judge to change his ways or he would have the wrath of the
Bishop of Myra and the Wrath of heaven on him.
- It was said that
Nicholas could also hear the cries of children in serious peril. He
rescued children who had fallen in wells or were lost from there
parents (Sometimes kidnapped)
- Nicholas was present
at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. He argued successfully for the
doctrine on the Trinity.
- Nicholas spent many
days in prison among the thieves and murderers. Nicholas was always
released and died an old man on December 6th, 343 AD. (Or
so we think)
- He was buried in the
Cathedral in Myra (Now modern day Demre, Turkey)
- His feast day is
December 6th. (Advent Saint)
- The Santa Claus
- The Tie with Santa
Claus is mainly from the European immigrants coming to the United
States and passing on these stories about St. Nicholas.
The name “Santa Claus” is thought
to have been morphed from the non English speaking immigrants
trying to say St. Nicholas in English. “Snt Nckls.” Almost without
A Visit from Saint Nicholas
or 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
was the first publication of the poem that went on to become an
American classic—and produced enduring images of an American St.
- In 1873 The St.
Nicholas Magazine appears. It was an Illustrated Magazine for
Girls and Boys that Editor Mary Mapes Dodge named for the
children's saint. (Who was the essence of loving and giving). The
new magazine offered gifts to children as St. Nicholas did — gifts
of fun and learning.
Newly engaged couples
Murderers & convicts
- Conclusions –
Interesting notes about their life or sainthood
- Saint Nicholas was
wonderful man who cared deeply for his people and gave us some of the
best examples of charity.
- There was more
material about St. Nicholas but remember SaintStudy is not meant to be
a all inclusive program about the saint. It was meant to give
listeners enough that they will be able to go out on there own with
the references listed to find out even more about these amazing
- There is plenty about
how Santa Claus ties into St. Nicholas I barely touched on. (Find out
how Santa Claus became popular around the world)
- Preview of next episode
- This episode wraps up
Season one. When SaintStudy begins season two we will start with
Episode 201 - St. Francis of Paola. The schedule for both seasons is
on the web site.
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