Orthodox icon | Saint Nicholas of Myra | 24775
Saint Nicholas of Myra is often portrayed as a bishop adorned in religious garments, holding the Gospel.
St. Nicholas was born around 283 AD in what used to be Patara, now a historic site near Kalkan, Turkey. He passed away circa 348 in Myra, Lycia, which is today’s Demre in Turkey. Widely revered in both Eastern and Latin Christian traditions, St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6, May 9, and July 29, each day carrying its own customs.
During the early part of the 4th century, he was the Bishop of Myra in the Lycia region of what was once the Roman Empire, later the Byzantine Empire, and today’s Turkey. The meaning of his Greek name, Nikólaos, is “victory of the people” and it existed before the advent of Christianity.
Among many titles, Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia, children, hopeful mothers, childbirth, the elderly, voyagers, sailors, legal professionals, pharmacists, innkeepers, harmonious marriages, and finding lost belongings.
The depicted image is housed within a kiot, having a gold-leafed interior frame. Above, the Holy Spirit is symbolized by a dove.