Icon of Holy Father Nicholas, 20th c. - 1NI35

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Holy Father Saint Nicholas

Commemorated on December 6th

By tradition, Nicholas born in the province of Lycia in the southern part of Asia Minor in the city of Patara to well-to-do parents. The date of his birth is not known. Having inherited his parents' estate, he became known for his generous gifts to those in need. As a youth, he made pilgrimages to Palestine and Egypt. He was subsequently consecrated Archbishop of Myra as the fourth century began. He was imprisoned during the persecutions of Diocletian and released by Constantine after his ascension to emperor. Nicholas was noted for his defense of Orthodoxy against the Arians. He is reputed to have been present at the Council of Nicea, but his name does not appear among any documents from that era. He died in Myra on December 6 in a year uncertain, but between 342 and 352. 

St Nicholas the Wonderworker

Many of the details of his life that we have appeared during medieval times. St. Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople, in the middle of the ninth century produced a life of Nicholas in which he noted that the life of Nicholas was unknown to most of the Christians of the time, thus indicating his composition was probably based mainly on legend. Methodius noted that Nicholas was raised well by pious and well-to-do parents and related how Nicholas contributed from his inheritance the dowry for three daughters of a citizen of Patara who had lost all his money.

His feast was being celebrated by the time of St. Justinian two centuries after his death. After Methodius' life of Nicholas became available, Nicholas was acclaimed and honored throughout Europe and especially in Italy. When Myra was captured by the Saracens in 1034, many Italian cities planned to "rescue" his relics. In 1087, forces from Bari, Italy, attacked Myra and carried away his relics from the lawful Greek guardians in Myra to Bari where they were enshrined in a new church. His fame increased. The story of his rescue of sailors in the Aegean Sea during his lifetime established him as the patron of mariners. His popularity in Russia rose to the point that almost all churches had some sort of shrine honoring St. Nicholas.

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    Posted by Sara on 4th Jan 2021

    I was looking for a "Winter Nicholas" icon (with miter and crozier) because our family is made up of Lutherans and Roman Catholics and this is the more usual portrayal in both our traditions. This is a hard subject to find as a traditional icon, so I was glad to see that Uncut Mountain Supply had it. This is the second icon we've gotten from them. Both have been quality, well-made mountings.

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    Posted by Mary Martha Kennedy on 6th Oct 2020

    Got this icon for my fiance for his birthday. It is so beautiful and well made.

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    Saint Nicholas

    Posted by Melissa on 2nd Jan 2020

    I bought this for myself this Nativity season. It is quite beautiful. I wish I could afford a genuine 'written' form of this icon. However, I treasure this one and it will be prominent in the house especially at the Nativity.

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    St Nicholas of Myra (Western style) icon

    Posted by Revd Fr Matthew-Anthony Hysell OP MA MTh on 30th Dec 2019

    I wanted to make a gift to my grandnieces and grandnephews of an icon of St Nicholas of Myra, but one that was not too far removed from the "Santa Claus" in their imaginations, and more in the style of a Latin bishop. Of all the icons I've reviewed, this was the best one.

    The online photos of the merchandise does no justice to it--when I opened the packages to wrap them for the children, I was struck by the brilliance and liveliness of the colours. The the figure of St Nicholas appeared to be warm and friendly. In fact, the youngest one hugged the icon like a doll when she opened it.

    Well done, Uncut Mountain Supply. Thank you.