9 Facts About St Nicholas

1. St Nicholas is depicted as an Orthodox bishop, wearing the omophorion and holding a Gospel Book.

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2. Saint St Nicholas is a popular subject portrayed on countless Eastern Orthodox icons, particularly Russian and Serbian ones.

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3. St Nicholas is mentioned in the Liturgy of Preparation during the Divine Liturgy and during the All-Night Vigil.

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4. St Nicholas suffered from severe chronic arthritis in his spine and pelvis.

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5. St Nicholas was the only major saint associated with that part of Turkey.

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6. Saint St Nicholas appeared to Constantine and Ablabius in dreams, informing Constantine of the truth and frightening Ablabius into releasing the generals, for fear of Hell.

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7. St Nicholas went to the church to pray and was therefore proclaimed the new bishop.

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8. St Nicholas ordered him not to tell anyone about the gift.

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9. Saint St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students in various cities and countries around Europe.

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