SAINT NICHOLAS NICHOLAS SOCIETY by goodbaby

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									THE ONLY TRUE FATHER CHRISTMAS AND SANTA CLAUS
About the St Nicholas Society Founded in 2000, the English Speaking St Nicholas Society is a sister organisation to the Sint Niklaas Genootschap, headquartered in Flemish Belgium. Another branch exists in the Netherlands. It is the goal of the society to increase interest, learning, and appreciation of the tradition of St Nicholas, Patron saint of children, pawnbrokers and sailors, as the gift-giver, and the true and only Santa Claus/Father Christmas. The society is not opposed to celebrations, gift-giving or other holiday activities, but it does encourage a sanity in the amount of gifts bought and exchanged as well as allowing Christmas to remain a day of Christian celebration. There is no need for the secularised Santa Claus/Father Christmas when St Nicholas, who was born in 260 AD and died December 6, 343 AD, provides a perfect model for care and gift giving. Santa is a commercial invention. St Nicholas is a servant of Christ and an example for us all to enjoy and emulate. The society believes that St Nicholas helps young and old see what the true spirit of Advent and Christmas can be for us all, especially for those who find the holidays very stressful. It is the society's hope that Jolly Old St Nicholas will become, once again, in English speaking parts of the world, a focus of celebration in his true identity. The December 6 festival can provide a good chance for a less hectic approach to December 25.

A CAROL FOR ST NICHOLAS
Saint Nicholas the children's friend Joyful sing we His miracles a blessing send Joyful sing we All the people shout with glee Now the blessed saint to see May we all right merry be Happy Day, Holy Day Celebrate with gladness The sailors, captives, all are free Joyful sing we The daughters three new life now see Joyful sing we All the people shout with glee Now the blessed saint to see May we all right merry be Happy Day, Holy Day Celebrate with gladness He comes with gifts beyond compare Joyful sing we He tells us of God's love and care Joyful sing we All the people shout with glee Now the blessed saint to see May we all right merry be O rg a n i z a ti o n Happy Day, Holy Day Celebrate with gladness J M ROSENTHAL—Tune: Salve Regina (Sister Act)

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£10 or $20 pa Member £100/$200 Published Patrons—write today: nicholasmyrabari@gmail.com THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF SAINT All Saints House, 8, Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG NICHOLAS IN ALL OF US………. United Kingdome
USA: National Shrine of St Nicholas, St Luke’s Church, 5421 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144 www.stnicholassociety.com

SAINT NICHOLAS SOCIETY
UK/USA

Support & Membership We need support in sponsoring annual festivals, and in communicating our important and timely work. £10/$20 pa

……………………….J M Rosenthal, SNS President

www.stnicholassociety.com

nicholasmyrabari@gmail.com www.stnicholassociety.com

SAINT NICHOLAS heavenA friend in heaven-

The beloved bishop died in 343AD and his body buried in the cathedral at Myra. However, in 1087, Italian sailors who were fearful that the bones would be desecrated or forgotten by the armies invading the country at that time removed the remains of his bones, called relics. They were taken to Bari, Italy, where they rest in a major basilica dedicated to the saint. Special celebrations are held on May 9 each year on the Bari coast to mark the date of the "translation" of the relics. The name St Nicholas lives in the hearts of people all over the world, young and old alike. His faith and his actions make remembering him important even in our day. He is our Santa Claus and Father Christmas, and we must remind people today of this fact. To this very day St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) arrives in Holland each November, dressed in a Christian Bishop's vestments, and rides through the streets to the enjoyment of thousands of onlookers, to begin his investigation into the behaviour of the children. Such customs are being revived in Christian communities all over the world. St Nicholas Day falls in the season of Advent and with the tradition of his bearing gifts, he became associated with Christmas as well.

Saint Nicholas was born in 260AD in Patara, a coastal town in what is now Turkey. The poor knew him throughout the land for his generosity, his love for children and being associated with ships, the sea and sailors. He was eventually consecrated Bishop of Myra, just miles from his hometown. Our western tradition of Santa Claus and Father Christmas originates with the beloved saint. Many Christian churches and many countries observe December 6th, his feast day, with great celebrations, processions, services and gift giving. Many legends surround his life. During the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian, Bishop Nicholas was imprisoned and tortured for his beliefs but he never forsook his faith. The new Emperor Constantine eventually released him.

THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF SAINT NICHOLAS IN ALL US………. OF US

A PRA YER FOR OUR SOCIETY ETERNAL GOD,
In your great love you gave your servant

NICHOLAS
A perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea. Grant that we 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 or grief; through JESUS CHRIST our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the HOLY SPIRIT, one GOD, now and for ever. AMEN

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