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 Saint Nicholas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Nicholas, also known as Nikolaus in Germany and Sinterklaas (a contracted form of Sint Nicolaas) in the Netherlands and Flanders, is the common name for the historical Saint Nicholas of Myra, who lived in 4th century Byzantine Lycia, (modern Turkey), and had a reputation for secret gift-giving.
His feast day is December 6, presumably the date of his death.
Nicholas was born in Asia Minor during the 4th century at Patara in the province of Lycia, at a time when the region was Hellenistic in its culture and outlook. /wiki/Saint_Nicholas   (4066 words) The Role of St. Vitus' Day in Modern Serbian (Kosovo, by W. Dorich)
On the eve of Vidovdan 1989 the splendid, new Church of Saint Sava was consecrated in Belgrade, and the next day over one-and-a-half million Serbs from all over the country attended the 600 years requiem to the Kosovo martyrs in Gracanica, as well as the official ceremony in Gazimestan, where the 1389 Battle took place.
Days celebrating fallen heroes were in Europe decreed from above, by rulers or governments.
From 1869 the Orthodox calendars in Bosnia dedicated Vidovdan as the day of "Emperor Lazar, Patriarch Yephremos, and the Martyr Vitus." When the 1875 uprising started in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the call addressed to peasants to join the movement quoted almost verbatim Prince Lazar's oath on the eve of Vidovdan 1389. /history/dorich_kosovo/kosovo18.htm   (4066 words)

 Saints of June 15
Saint Vitus is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, who, as a group, are especially venerated in France and Germany.
Saint Athanasius, but some 12 years before his death he was forced by his monks to resign because of the harshness of his rule.
Saint Adelaide was a young Cistercian nun of the La Cambre convent who endured many physical afflictions. /ss/0615.htm   (4066 words)

 Saint Vitus
Saint Vitus is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, who, as a group, are especially venerated in France and Germany.
Saint Vitus is the patron saint of dancers, young people and dogs.
Vitus is invoked against diseases including epilipsy, nervous disorders, and St. Vitus' Dance (Sydenham's chorea). /SaintVitus   (4066 words)

 Saint Vitus - Catholic Encyclopedia
The same Martyrologium has under the same day another Vitus at the head of a list of nine martyrs, with the statement of the place, "In Lucania", that is, in the Roman province of that name in Southern Italy between the Tuscan Sea and the Gulf of Taranto.
Three days later Vitus appeared to a distinguished matron named Florentia, who then found the bodies and buried them in the spot where they were.
It is easily possible that the same martyr Vitus in both cases, because only the name of a territory is given, not of a city, as the place where the martyr was venerated. /SaintVitus/Catholic_Encyclopedia.html   (4066 words)

 Encyclopedia: Vitus
Saint Vitus' Day is celebrated on June 15 according to the Gregorian calendar, and on June 28 according to the Julian calendar.
Saint Vitus was a Christian saint from Sicily, Italy.
The feast of St. Vitus is also important to the Serb Orthodox Church, see Vidovdan. /encyclopedia/Vitus   (4066 words)

 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Cathedral of Saint Vitus
Vitus, Saint (?-303?), Christian martyr, born perhaps in Sicily or Lucania in southern Italy.
Cathedral of Saint Vitus, Prague, Czech Republic, cathedral dedicated to the 4th-century Christian martyr Saint Vitus, and a central landmark of...
Get 174 more results for 'Cathedral of Saint Vitus' with MSN Encarta Premium. /Cathedral_of_Saint_Vitus.html   (4066 words)

 Dancing with Saint Vitus
Saint Vitus was probably one of the most popular Saints of the day with many Churches and Shrines already devoted to him.
Oh we may have our occasional Raves, Toronto Blessings, and Saint Vitus Dance heavy-metal rock concerts, but this odd phenomenon is said to have existed for over three hundred years, from the late fourteenth century until the seventeenth, at which point it disappeared as mysteriously as it began.
Id wondered about Saint Vitus before, but my curiosity was piqued by the card I found at a local neighborhood garage sale. /editorials/text8-29-2004-58614.asp   (4066 words)

 Holidays and Festivals - St Sava to St Zachariah
Saint Swithin's day if thou dost rain, for forty days it will remain; Saint Swithin's day if thou be fair, For forty days 'twill rain na mair.
Saint Stephen's Day, or Santo Stefano as it is known in Italy, is the same as Boxing Day.
Saint Ursula's Day is a holiday in the British Virgin Islands. /days/s6.html   (4066 words)

 MSN Encarta - Search View - Saint Nicholas
Nicholas is the patron saint of children, scholars, virgins, sailors, and merchants, and in the Middle Ages (5th century to 15th century) he was regarded by thieves as their patron saint as well.
Nicholas, Saint (lived 4th century), Christian prelate, patron saint of Russia, traditionally associated with Christmas celebrations.
Nicholas entered the nearby monastery of Sion and subsequently became archbishop of the metropolitan church in Myra, Lycia. /text_761574698__1/Saint_Nicholas.html   (320 words)

Three days after, he gave a farewell banquet to the emperor, and afterward, accompanied by the Roman nobility, visited him in his camp before the city, on which occasion the emperor came to meet the pope and led his horse for some distance.
On 24 April Nicholas was elected pope, and on the same day was consecrated and enthroned in St.
Pope Nicholas appeared as a conscientious representative of the Roman Primacy in the Church. /cathen/11054a.htm   (1278 words)

 Domestic-Church.Com: Saint Profile: Saint Nicholas
Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, is the patron of seafarers, scholars, bankers, pawnbrokers, jurists, brewers, coopers, travelers, perfumers, unmarried girls, brides, and - robbers.
Nicholas was thereafter honored as patron saint of unwed maidens.
His feast day is December 6th because he died on December 6 or 7 in the middle of the fourth century. /CONTENT.DCC/19981101/SAINTS/nicholas.htm   (1785 words)

Saint Nicholas is the patron of not only those who bear his name, he is also a personal or family protector; on his day a special, family lineage festival, called service, prayer or church, is arranged.
The Day of Saint Nicholas is a great winter festival celebrated by all Bulgarians on 6 December.
This Saint is the protector of sailors and fishermen. /engl/cook/Nikulden.htm   (1688 words)

 Saint Vitus - Born Too Late - Review: MP3 Downloads from
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Long after Black Sabbath had shifted their sound away from the bombastic, sludgy riffing of classics like Paranoid,, and the like, Saint Vitus and Obsessed rose from regions that were birthplaces and breeding grounds for early-American hardcore punk.
While the impact Saint Vitus made with Born Too Late at the time was minimal, the legacy of that early dedication has influenced and changed the world of music. /albums/13947/reviews.html   (1688 words)

 The real story of St. Nick Friday, Dec. 14, 2001
For many Orthodox and Catholic families, Saint Nicholas Day is one of gift giving and celebration.
Saint Nicholas is also honored as the patron saint of children and the patron saint of Russia.
Saint Nicholas was born in A.D. 280 in Patara, a city in Asia Minor, or what is now known as Turkey. /content/news/2001/12_14_2001/ne141201the.shtml   (635 words)

 St. Nicholas Day
Prayers and Scripture Readings for Saint Nicholas Day
Saint Nicholas was renowned for his great kindness and his generous aid to those in distress.
In some households the father of the family may dress up as Saint Nicholas on the eve of his feast. /st.nicholas.html   (1140 words)

 A Saint A Day
Francis Xavier was proclaimed a saint by Pope Gregory XV in 1622.
She was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II on December 9, 1990.
One day, St. Sabas was sent to Alexandria, Egypt, as the traveling companion of another monk. /saintday/m12.html   (10167 words)

 Catholic Online
Nicholas is venerated as the patron saint of several classes of people, especially, in the East, of sailors and in the West of children.
Nicholas, called "of Bari", Bishop of Myra (Fourth Century) 6 Dec. Feast day.
The great veneration with which this saint has been honored for many ages and the number of altars and churches which have been everywhere dedicated in his memory are testimonials to his holiness and of the glory which he enjoys with God. /saints/saint.php?saint_id=371   (1723 words)

 Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas (270-310) was at one time bishop of Myra, a town in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey).
Saint Nicholas henceforth made his rounds of Christian families during the night of December 24.
The feast of Saint Nicholas was abolished in some European countries after the Protestant reformation of the XVIth century. /culture/noel/angl/stnico.htm   (227 words)

 Biography: Vitus, Martyr
Vitus is an early martyr, and his name appears on the old lists for this day, but no details of his life are known.
Vitus is the special patron of those who have trouble getting up on time in the morning.
Vitus's dance is a form of chorea, a disease which causes uncontrolled trembling. /~kilroy/JEK/06/15c.html   (227 words)

These were seen day and night passing through the streets, accompanied by musicians playing on bagpipes, and by innumerable spectators attracted by curiosity, to which were added anxious parents and relations, who came to look after those among the misguided multitude who belonged to their respective families.
It is worthy of observation, at all events, that the Dancing Mania did not recommence at the altars of the saint, and that from him alone assistance was implored, and through his miraculous interposition a cure was expected, which was beyond the reach of human skill.
From this time forth it may be supposed that many miracles were manifested at his new sepulchre, which were of essential service in confirming the Roman faith among the Germans, and St. Vitus was soon ranked among the fourteen saintly helpers (Nothhelfer or Apotheker). /Books/hecker/Death13.htm   (227 words)

 Saint Vitus' Dance
Melanie overhears women talking about her, saying the words "Huntington's chorea", "dementia", "hereditary." The next day Melanie goes to the library and looks up the words.
There is an author's note at the end which gives some good up-to-date information about Huntington's Disease, and the book closes with a positive note that one day HD will be a disease of our past.
Melanie's mother returns home from the sanitorium, and when Melanie gets home from school, she is shocked to see her mother in a wheelchair, her face contorting and her hands and feet jerking. /~rd13/hd/saint.html   (227 words)

 Saint Valentine's Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Valentine's Day falls on February 14, and is the traditional day on which lovers let each other know about their love, by sending Valentine's cards, which are often anonymous.
The history of Valentine's day can be traced back to a Catholic Church feast day, in honor of Saint Valentine.
The first recorded association of St. Valentine's Day with romantic love was in the 14th century in England and France, where February 14 was traditionally the day on which birds paired off to mate. /wiki/St._Valentine's_Day   (2186 words)

 Saint Nicholas of Myra
Saint Nicholas was born in the Middle East in the fourth century.
Nicholas is the national saint of Russia and Greece and churches named after him number in the thousands - more than 400 in Great Britain alone.
He is the patron saint of judges, murderers, pawnbrokers, thieves, merchants, paupers, scholars, sailors, bakers, travelers, maidens and poor children. /nicholas.htm   (556 words)

Though he is one of the most popular saints in the Greek as well as the Latin Church, there is scarcely anything historically certain about him except that he was Bishop of Myra in the fourth century.
His relics are still preserved in the church of San Nicola in Bari; up to the present day an oily substance, known as Manna di S. Nicola, which is highly valued for its medicinal powers, is said to flow from them.
The numerous miracles St. Nicholas is said to have wrought, both before and after his death, are outgrowths of a long tradition. /cathen/11063b.htm   (372 words)

 Initial C: Saint Nicholas (Getty Museum)
This initial C opens the prayers for Saint Nicholas's day on December 6th.
Saint Nicholas's story became an important theme in art of the late 1200s because the rising costs of dowries in Italy developed into such a burden that contributing to young girls' dowries became a common act of Christian charity.
The legend of Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop, relates the story of the saint rescuing the daughters of an anguished father from prostitution by offering the father money for their dowries. /art/collections/objects/o1872.html   (143 words)

 Saint Nicholas Day
This custom is very old in Romania, and Saint Nicholas Day is one of the most important festivals of the year, especially for the children.
He is patron saint of sailors and of children, and also the origin of Father Christmas- Santa Claus being a derivative of St Nicholas- an identification probably derived from his patronage of children and his charitable acts of presenting gifts by night.
Saint Nicholas is generous not only with the children, but the adults, too. /festivals/Romania/nicolae.html   (351 words)

 Saint Nicholas ::: St. Nicholas' Day Blessing
Nicholas, the story goes, on three occasions threw a bag of gold through the window into the room of the sleeping father.
Nicholas is the source for many of our present Christmas customs, especially that of gift giving.
His feast is an appropriate time to express the spiritual aspects of giving and sharing and invites a celebration of blessing in his memory. /Brix?pageID=292   (441 words)

 Saint Nicholas Day --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
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