Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker

Born: AD 270 -- Died 6 December 343 at age 73

Saint Nicholas of Myra was a historic 4th century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (part of modern-day Turkey in Lycia). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints.  

The Eastern Cross - slanted cross-bar

The top beam represents the plaque bearing the inscription "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" (often abbreviated in the Latinate "INRI", and in the Greek as "INBI"). A popular view is that the slanted bottom beam is a foot rest.


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