Saint Nicholas of Myra
In addition to being honored as the patron saint of many countries, notably Greece and Russia, and of cities, Saint Nicholas is the patron of many occupational groups, most notably of sea-farers.
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Our father among the Saints Nicholas of Myra, Wonder-worker, was the archbishop of Myra in southern Asia Minor in the fourth century and is also the basis for the Santa Claus legends and imagery which accompany Christmas celebrations in much of the world. While widely honored and venerated, not only in the Greek Orthodox Church, but throughout most Christian groups, little is known historically of the life of Nicholas. He is known to have been archbishop of Myra and he may have participated in the Council of Nicea in 325.
In addition to being honored as the patron saint of many countries, notably Greece and Russia, and of cities, he is the patron of many occupational groups, most notably of sea-farers. St. Nicholas is commemorated by the Church on December 6, and also on May 9 (the transfer of his relics) and on July 29 (his nativity). The lithographic icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra has been placed by the monks who live at the Holy Hut of St. George on Mount Athos, in a wood derivative, which has been worked with wax and resin. By applying high temperature, the wood took this particular shape and its distinctive black color.
This unique work of Byzantine art has been coated with gloss varnish in order to remain unchanged over time.
|Dimensions||14 x 20 cm|