Saturday December 8, 2018 we celebrate the Feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra, the Wonderworker.
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11.00 am in the Church of the Armenian Monastery of St. Nicholas in Jaffa, and we cordially invite you to participate.
The Church Father St. Nicholas of Myra lived from around 270-343, and participated in the Ecumenical Church Council in Nicea in 325.
Tradition tells us that St. Nicholas was raised by pious parents, Theophanes and Nona, who laid the foundation for his faith, encouraging their son to read the Bible and live a righteous life. His parents passed away when St. Nicholas was still young, and leaving him a substantial inheritance. From this inheritance St. Nicholas generously did charitable works.
One of the traditions tells us about a Christian father, who had lost all his wealth. Desperate because of his dire poverty, the father could not find suitable husbands for his three daughters, and he feared the worst for his pious daughters. When St. Nicholas heard this, he secretly went to their home at night, and threw golden ducats down the chimney- so that each of the girls could marry and live a respectable life.
During a famine in Myra, people were desperate for food. One story tells that St. Nicholas appeared in the dream of a captain of a ship loaded grain, and when the sailor woke up, he had three golden coins in his hand. Understanding the importance of his dream, the captain set sail to Myra, and brought them the grain, by which the inhabitants of the city of Myra were saved from starvation.
Another tradition recounts that St. Nicholas was on his way to the Holy Land, when the ship he travelled in was caught up in a terrible storm. On account of St. Nicholas’s intercessory prayer, the storms calmed down. For this reason St. Nicholas is in certain Christian traditions seen as the Patron Saint of the sailors.