Monday, December 04, 2006
Advent Begins...Let's take a look at St. Nicholas
My wife is named Nicolle, so I have a special fondness for St. Nicholas. Many people know at least something about the great saint, mainly because he is the seed of the Santa Clause stuff. There is a great site: (link) It is the St. Nicholas Center. It does ol' St. Nick more justice than I could. The related info section is very well done.
He is patron of alot. Such as Sailors:
St. Nicholas, patron saint of sailors. Saint for all those tossed about in life by the many problems that confront us. Perhaps it is a good time to invoke his intersession for our armed forces overseas and for all those who feel lost on the ocean of problems that beset our daily lives.
In your great love you gave your servant Nicholas
A perpetual name for deeds of kindness
on land and sea.
Grant that your church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
So why is Ol' St. Nick also the patron of thieves? Well, he is good at getting into houses. Seriously, Nicholas is above all the patron of children and the poor, and there is a strong connection than the one between poverty and theft.
Think about the days in which St. Nicholas lived. Alot of people were poor and very few were rich. The space between those classes was huge and most of the poor had to steal to survive. Nicholas however, is not the saint to help you break into a house. He is rather, the saint to help you break out of your old life.
St. Nicholas was rich, very rich. There are hundreds of stories where he would give to the poor so they would not have to turn to sin or crime. St. Nicholas is a saint for when there seem to be no other options. When the choice was between feeding your family or stealing, Nicholas was the hand that lifted the poor up and kept them from crime.
He is the patron of thieves who repent and an enemy of those who rob the poor of dignity.
And he is patron of....
Armed forces police
Boot blacks & shoe shiners
Chandlers (suppliers of ships)
Cloth trade & merchants
Corn measurers & merchants
Court recorders, registrars, clerks
Dock workers, longshoremen
Grain dealers & merchants
Lace makers & sellers
Lawsuits lost unjustly
Lemko people, Ukraine
Robbers & thieves
Sailors & mariners
Scholars & students
Shipwrights and gaugers
Wine porters, merchants & vendors
Women, desirous of marrying
Kingdom of Naples (Italy)
Norway (with Saint Olaf)
CITIES & TOWNS
Dorfbeueren; Saalbach; Sankt Nikolai im Sausal, Sankt Nikolai ob Drassling, Steiermark; St. Nikola an der Donau (on the Danube); Traboch
Ghent; Kampenhout; Liege; Lochristi; Sint-Niklaas, Flanders
Sveti Nikola, Prokhod
Amiens; Civray; Le Souich; Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, Lorraine
Albaching; Altenberg; Altenbruch (Land Hadeln); Gamhurst; Idenheim; Konz; Lubeck; Nieheim; Pfersdorf; Rheurdt; Wald
Ancona; Bari, Apulia; Duronia; Fossalto
San Nicolás, Durango; San Nicolas, Sonora; San Nicolás, Tamaulipos; San Nicolás de Ibarra
Amsterdam, Benschop, Biervliet, Blankenham, Blija, Broek in Waterland, Broekhuizen, Denekamp, Deventer, Dordrecht, Dwingelo, Edam, Eemnes, Elburg, Ellekom, Groningen, Haps (now in Cuijck), Harderwijk, Heino, Helvoirt (now in Haaren), Hendrik-Udo-Ambacht, Heythuizen, Ijhorst, Ijsselstein, Kampen, Koudekerk, Krommenie, Kuinre, Lutjebroek, Meijel, Midlum, Monnickendam, Muiden, Nieuwveen, Odijk (now in Bunnik), Olde Markt, Nijland, Oosterwierum, Oosterwolde, Poppenwier, Purmerend, Schelluinen, Schoonebeek, St. Nicolaasga, Tienhoven, Valkenswaard, Vollenhove, Vreeland, Wespe, Westerland, Wieuwerd, Wijhe, Zoetermeer
San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; San Nicolas, Pangesinan
Fribourg; Lucerne; Sankt Niklaus
New York City, New York; San Nicolas Island, California
I don't really think that I can say anything else...except that Santa is alot buiser than you thought. So why? Why is Nicholas so very loved. The answer is in the story of his life.
For St. Nicholas Day...which is soon (December 6th). I'll do a post on his life.
Posted by DavidNic at 6:47 PM