Saturday, December 8, 2012
dec 6 advent devotional
December 6: The Feast of St. Nicholas - We have come to know this 4th century bishop as the great bearded fellow of Santa Claus. But he was a bishop in the early church, reportedly one of the bishops at the council at Nicaea when they formulated the Nicene Creed we say to this day. He is not only the patron saint of children, but also of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, pawnbrokers, and students in various countries in the Balkans and Eastern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia), as well as in parts of Western Europe (Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal). He is also the patron saint of Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Fribourg, Huguenots, and Liverpool. The Christian Church certainly has some odd bedfellows. Ain’t it grand?