Dec 06

Saint Nicholas of Bari

December 6th IV century

He was born in Patara (Turkey). Since he was young he was noted by his detached nature, and on the death of his parents, inherited a large fortune which he put to the service of the needy. He went to live in Mira (Turkey), where he was consecrated Bishop. He was arrested under the rule of Emperor Licinius and released under Constantine. He participated in the Council of Nicaea. Died on this day in the year 345. His remains rest in the Italian city of Bari, thus the nickname of Saint Nicholas of Bari, although never set foot there. The traditions and legends of the Holy are very widespread throughout all the world. In Germany is known as Nikolaus and Saint Claus in the Anglo-Saxon countries.