Nicholas of Myra
Nicholas of Myra
Nicholas suffered torture and imprisonment during the persecution under Emperor Diocletian. Nicholas is the traditional patron of seafarers and sailors, and more especially children. He gave all his money to help the poor, the sick, and children in need. He often helped others secretly. It was said that he not only able to nurse sick children back to health, but also, he could raise children from the dead.
He is popularly known as Santa Claus.
Almighty God, in your love you gave your servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea: Grant, we pray, that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor, and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt and grief; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Scripture: Mark 10: 13-16
“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth. anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Ministry and love toward children were Nicholas of Myra’s calling in this world. Our ministry to children brings blessings. What would you feel called to do on behalf of children in our church? The life and ministry of Nicholas of Myra is very similar to the ministry and life of Jesus. Both Nicholas and Jesus sought out children to touch lovingly as a sign to others to others of God’s tender love and care for us all. Nicholas of Myra was the first Santa Claus who blesses children with presents, and Jesus is the Son of God who blesses all people by his atoning death on the Cross.