Day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (19/12)

On December 19, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Saint Nicholas is considered the patron saint of travelers and seafarers. And he is one of the most revered saints in the Orthodox world.

Saint Nicholas, who lived in the 3rd-4th centuries, became famous as a great saint of God, therefore, among the people he is usually called Nicholas the Pleasant. Saint Nicholas was considered “the representative and intercessor of all, the comforter of all the sorrowful, the refuge of all those in trouble, the pillar of piety, the faithful champion.” Christians believe that even today he performs many miracles to help people who pray to him.

Making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Nicholas the Wonderworker, at the request of desperate travelers, calmed the raging sea with a prayer. Holding the sword of the executioner, Saint Nicholas saved from death three husbands who had been innocently condemned by the greedy mayor.