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After his death, people believed that Nicholas continued to work miracles. His burial place, below the floor of his church , became a popular destination for pilgrims who begged Nicholas to relay their petitions to God. This was a common pilgrimage practice at Christian shrines. From there, word passed to the Latin West, and upriver to Russia. Soon, pilgrims from all over Christendom were journeying to Myra to seek the gifts of protection and healing from the saint, who was said to be especially attentive to children.
This pilgrimage was disrupted in the 11th century when Seljuk Turks invaded Anatolia.
So, one crew of pious Italian Christians decided to take action. However, according to a monk named Nicephorus who wrote immediately after the event, their real mission was to steal St. In Antioch they heard a rumor that the Venetians too were planning a similar heist. The Barian sailors hastily sold off their grain and headed for Myra in search of St.
The Barians claimed that the pope had a vision directing him to fetch Nicholas to Italy. Suddenly, a phial of manna fell to the pavement and broke. It seemed that St. So, the Barians broke through marble floor with picks and hammers. A delicious aroma filled the church as they opened the tomb. They found the bones swimming in a small sea of manna.
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They carefully wrapped the relics in a silk case brought for the purpose. Yet the crew made it back to the harbor at Bari, where the townsfolk and clergy processed, singing joyous hymns, to greet the saint. A new church was built for Nicholas in the court of the governor of Bari. A few years later, Pope Urban II — the one who would preach the First Crusade — formally enshrined the relics of the saint.
For at least five centuries, the region, which includes Bari and its saint, was caught in constant wars for possession of southern Italy.
Because Nicholas was a patron saint of sailors, Spanish sailors and explorers carried stories of the saint wherever they went: Mexico, the Caribbean, Florida and other ports around the world. First, I am trying to retain for my children the wonder, excitement, and joy of the Saint Nicholas legend, but in a better version of the story, and without lying to my children. For the death of magic is always accompanied by the birth of unbelief.
Who Was Saint Nicholas?
Hearing of a mysterious book that may answer their questions, they head for The Old Page Bookshop; but on the way, they are pursued by enemies, one who wants revenge, and one who wants only the Book. To find the truth, Joshua and Rachel will have to face their fears, and learn to see the magic of the world with new eyes. How can your family use and profit from this book?
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First, I would encourage you to read it with your children, every Christmas. If you have a limited amount of time to read at night,just read a chapter or two, and spread it out over the two or three weeks of December leading up to Christmas.
St Nicholas of Myra: the Real Santa Claus
The Nicholas Book was written to replace the secular myth, but it also includes allusions to some of the modern-day stories, like the North Pole, and reindeer, so that you can keep those, if you choose, in your own family lore. Children will hear a new, and, I hope, engaging, version of how the secular myth fits in with the traditional legends, as they journey through The Nicholas Book. As noted above, the two heroes of our story, Joshua and Rachel Kirk, discover an old book that tells retells, actually the story of Saint Nicholas.
That story is important, and it will help you in teaching your children a Christian view of Santa Claus:the old book that they read symbolizes the Santa Claus story itself. Saint Nicholas belongs both to history and legend: the legendary elements we treat differently, as something surrounded by mystery, something that may or may not be true. Nicholas develops a spirit of generosity; beautiful detailed illustrations by Wendy Edelson.
- This Christmas tell your children the real Santa Claus story!
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Helping others changes hearts. Story is in the Waldorf tradition. Soft full-color illustrations. Adam C. Fully annotated. Nicholas who points to the true center of Christmas. Dennis E. Engleman BookLocker. Fine background of Saint Nicholas and the book puts to rest a number of common myths concerning the evolution of Santa Claus.
Adult devotional booklet with scripture and reflection for all the days of Advent and Christmas; St. Nicholas shows how to live with true Christian compassion and generosity while leadeing to the Bethlehem manger.
Rosenthal, a great friend and associate of the St. Nicholas Center, provided the illustrations from his extensive collection of St. Nicholas postcards, church photographs and items reflecting popular culture. Nicholas folktale or legend from around the world for each day in December. Stories to share that will help restore the true meaning of the holiday season. Vincent A.