Nicholas of Myra

● Remembrance Day orthodox/Catholic: December 6
● Name means: the victor over / of the people (Greek)
● Metropolitan of Myra, miracle worker
● Patron: of Russia, children, pupils, girls, virgins, women who wish to have children,
childbearers and the elderly, altar servers, fire brigades, pilgrims and travellers, sailors,
merchants, bankers, judges, lawyers and notaries, pharmacists, farmers, bakers,
brewers, innkeepers, wine merchants, for happy marriage and recovery of stolen items
● Born around 283 in Patara, today ruins near Kalkan, Turkey
● Died around 348 in Myra, today Demre, Turkey
According to tradition, Nicholas was ordained a priest by his uncle, Bishop Nicholas of Myra, at
the age of 19 and appointed abbot in the monastery of Sion. When his parents died of the
plague, Nicholas inherited their fortune and distributed it to the poor: he preserved several
young women from his neighborhood in his hometown of Patara by secretly throwing money
through the window – or through the fireplace into the socks hung in it – thus ensuring sufficient

dowry and preventing the father from having to give his daughters up for prostitution; that is
why Nicholas is considered a giver of good gifts and a friend of children. Nicholas is considered a
helper in almost all difficulties. Starting points for the customs and its numerous patronages can
be found in the legends. As a counterpoint to the kind Nicholas, who gives gifts to the children,
he has been provided with companions in various countries since the 17th century.