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Thursday, 5 December 2013

St Nikolaos Day - 6th December


The Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker, is one of the most beloved saints of the Orthodox Church.

He was born in Patara in Lycia around 250 AD to pious and wealthy parents, who raised him " to the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
As a child he proved that he had the grace of God . He hiraculously stood up time of the bath without any assistance. Nicholas decided to travel to pilgrimage to the Holy Land . While sailing, the ship began to blow fierce winds. The passengers and crew lost their composure and waited for the ship to sink and drown
Nicholas kneelled and prayed fervently to the Lord and the miracle happened, the sea calmed immediately . But one sailor, who was in training, he slipped and fell dead on the deck. But thanks to the prayers of Nicholas the sailor rose, as if awakened from a deep sleep.

He had a great love for the poor and the weak. He founded poorhouses, hospices, hospitals and other charities. In difficult times of persecution of Diocletian inspires the congregation and especially young people .

Among the Greeks and Italians he is a favorite of sailors, fishermen, ships and sailing. As such he has become over time the patron saint of several cities maintaining harbors. In centuries of Greek folklore, Nicholas was seen as "The Lord of the Sea", often described by modern Greek scholars as a kind of Christianized version of Poseidon. In modern Greece, he is still easily among the most recognizable saints and 6 December finds many cities celebrating their patron saint. He is also the patron saint of all of Greece and particularly of the Hellenic Navy.

December the 6th is a public holiday for all of us living in Agios Nikolaos and therefore there will not be a blog post tomorrow. We will see you back on Monday morning!

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