Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Feast of St Nicholas


The Feast of St Nicholas takes place on the 6th Dec

 St Nicholas was a fourth century bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, who was so pious 
even as a baby that he would only suckle on fast days. 
He is said to have saved three maidens from prostitution by covertly throwing three 
golden balls for their dowries through their windows by night, and to have
 miraculously revived three murdered boys pickled in a brine tub. 
So he is the special patron saint of children as well as pawnbrokers who use the 
three golden balls as a sign. 
His nocturnal kindness is perpetuated in the gifts left by 'Sinte Klass' the Dutch 
American version of his name.

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