I usually post once a week, but after reading this article, I got so angry and felt I should do something about it.
The whole world knows Santa Claus as a symbol for Christmas, but only a few know the truth about him. Reading his biography, I fell in love with the true him, and saw him as a role model.
St. Nicholas was a true servant of God, he served in secret, as not to boast. He was also a true leader, who led by actions and not just words. And finally, a true teacher, which was apparent by his zeal towards the sound doctrine at the Council of Nicaea against Arius.
The Coptic Orthodox Church, celebrates today the departure of St. Nicholas.
St. Nicholas at Church is known to have three titles:
- St. Nicholas the Bishop of Myra
- St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker
- St. Nicholas the Confessor
For this act, he was removed from the Council and from his episcopal duties, until some of the chief hierarchs had a vision of our Lord Christ and His most holy Mother showing their sympathy with Nicholas.
You can know more about him when you read St. Nicholas’ biography in the Synaxarium (the “Lives of the Saints”), this is a free online version of the book. Usually the Synaxarium has an abridged version of the story so here’s the rest.
Why do Orthodox Churches celebrate the departure of Saints?
Well, there are two biblical reasons:
(1) God asked us to remember them
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. (Hebrews 13:7)
We also believe that when Jesus asked the disciples to tell the whole world about the woman who anointed Him at Bethany, He meant every one who “has done a beautiful thing to [Him]” (Mark 14:6) not just that woman.
Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. (Mark 14:9)
(2) Their lives are edifying
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7)
The Church, daily, celebrates the departure of saints, in order to learn from their lives. They were humans, they had their falls and had their rises, but it’s their faith that led them to the Kingdom of God. The Bible also was very precise that we should consider the outcome of their way of life, not giving ourselves excuses that they fell, so it’s alright that we fall.