This day orthodox Christians mark holiday in honour of Saint Mykola (St. Nicolas), Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Miracle-Worker – one of the most honorable in Rus and in all orthodox world of the holies.

St. Mykola was born during the third century in the village of Patara (now the territory of Turkey). He became a priest and then bishop of the city of Myra in Lycia. He lived in III-IV centuries and become known and famous as great divine saint. That’s why he is called Saint Mykola. Christians believe that Saint Mykola still makes miracles for people who pray for him. Moreover, Saint Mykola is considered patron of all wanderers.

Saint Mykola died in the middle of IV century. His remains were imperishable and shed the holy ointment. In 1087, his remains were removed to Bari in southern Italy.

The Kyiv prince Ascold – the first prince of the Christians was christened in the name of Saint Nicolas in 866. The Saint princess Olga built church in the name of St. Nicolas above a grave of Ascold in Kyiv.
This day in the morning under the pillow children find presents from St Nicolas.

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