Children's Guide to St Nicolas Church
|St Nicolas Church Portslade|
|Sedilia and Piscina|
|The Blessed Virgin Mary and Child|
|St Francis of Assisi|
|Wood Carving of St Nicolas|
|St Nicolas of Myra|
In the 4th century, St Nicolas was bishop of Myra in Lycia, which is now part of Turkey. Nicolas was born into a wealthy family and devoted his inheritance to works of charity, especially towards children.
There are many miracles and legends associated with Nicolas’s life. The “three purses” shown in pictures of St Nicolas are the three bags of gold that Nicolas provided as a dowry for three young women, to save them from being sold into slavery. There is little documentary evidence for the life of St Nicolas that survives today.
The universal popularity of the saint for so many centuries indicates the profound effect his life and example had on the early church.
Scholars of Church Art have noted that Christian artists have represented St.Nicolas more frequently than any other saint except for the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St Nicolas/Nicholas is the Patron Saint, of Bakers, Brewers, Brides, Captives, Children, Coopers, Mariners, Merchants, Pawnbrokers, Sailors, and also the countries of Greece and Russia,
St Nicolas Day is celebrated on the 6th December.