Blog Archives: December 2012

Who Is The Real St. Nicholas?

December 04, 2012
Many Christians will celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas on December 6, the day of his death in AD 343.  But who is the real St. Nicholas? Historically speaking, though Nicholas is one of the most popular saints in the Greek and Latin churches, his existence is not attested by any primary source  documents of which I am aware. (Please correct me if I am wrong). What follows is my best attempt to articulate the church’s memory from secondary sources and suss out what this might mean for us today. Nicholas (270-343) was born to a wealthy ...