Erik Nitsche: Saint Nicholas
Artist: Erik Nitsche
Nicholas was born during the third century in Patara, a village in what is now Turkey. His wealthy parents raised him to be a devout Christian. But they died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his entire inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian,, Bishop Nicholas was exiled and imprisoned. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. He died December 6, 343 AD in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church.
This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for Germany.
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