Antique 1800s Catholic Relics Saint Nicholas Of Myra First Class Holy Relics
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Reliquary with a relic of Saint Nicholas of Myra Bishop. There are two small printed notes "S.Nicolai" & "Myrae Ep." being 'Ep.' a latin abbreviation for Episcopus = Bishop. This glass tube reliquary is both sided sealed with a red wax seal from an unknown Cardinal or College of Cardinals. It is a beautiful and very amazing reliquary with a first class relic. Measurement is ca. 5.9 inch (15 cm) long and diameter of the glass tube is ca. 1.18 inch (3cm). The reliquary is originally from Belgium. The nature of the components and pieces of the relic are untested and unknown to me.
Saint Nicholas (Greek: Ἅγιος Νικόλαος, Hágios Nikólaos, Latin: Sanctus Nicolaus; 15 March 270 – 6 December 343), is also called Nikolaos of Myra or Nicholas of Bari, was Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey), and is a historic Christian saint for both, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox churches. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker (Νικόλαος ὁ Θαυματουργός, Nikólaos ho Thaumaturgós). Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus (“Saint Nick”) through Sinterklaas. Among the Greeks and Italians he is a favorite of sailors, fishermen, ships and sailing. As such he has become over time the patron saint of several cities maintaining harbours. In modern Greece, he is still easily among the most recognizable saints and 6 December finds many cities celebrating their patron saint. He is also the patron saint of all of Greece and particularly of the Hellenic Navy.
The modern Santa Claus ( Sinterklaas, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas) grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas Bishop and gift-giver of Myra.