Mount Athos lithography (icon) of Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra, on natural wood carved by hand.
Saint Nicholas was born in Patara of Lycia in 270 AD. by wealthy but pious parents. After distributing his possessions to the poor, he was ordained a priest and then ascended to the archbishopric throne of Myra in Lycia. From his high position he fought for the spread of Christianity, a fact that infuriated the pagans who tortured and imprisoned him.
After his release from prison, he continued his spiritual work and took part in the work of the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea of Asia Minor which condemned Arianism. He slept peacefully in 343 AD. Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is the protector of the sailors and patron saint of Alexandroupolis, Volos, Galaxidi, Kozani, Polygyros, Sitia and Syros. The Orthodox Christian Church commemorates him on December 6 of each year.
Apolytikion of Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra
A model of faith and the image of gentleness, the example of your life has shown you forth to your sheep-fold to be a master of temperance. You obtained thus through being lowly, gifts from on high, and riches through poverty. Nicholas, our father and priest of priests, intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.
- Ilarionos os. Neou
- Attalou os.
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