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Nicholas was born in Asia Minor in the Roman Empire as an only child to Christian parents.Nicholas would take nourishment only once on Wednesdays and Fridays, and that in the evening according to the canons.When the officers heard this they remembered the example they had witnessed of the powerful love of justice of the Bishop of Myra and they prayed to God that through his merits and by his instrumentality they might yet be saved. Nicholas appeared in a dream to Constatine, and told him with threats to release the three innocent men, and Ablavius experienced the same thing.In the morning the Emporor and the prefect compared notes, and the condemned men were sent for and questioned.
In the later middle ages nearly four hundred churches were dedicated in his honor in England alone, and he is said to have been represented by Christian artists more frequently than any saint, except our Lady. Nicholas is celebrated as the patron saint of several classes of people, especially, in the East, of sailors and in the West of children.The first of these patronage is most likely due to the legend that during his lifetime, he appeared to storm tossed mariners who invoked his aid off the coast of Lycia and brought them safely to port.Sailors in the Aegean and Ionian seas, following a common Eastern custom, had their "star of St.This was during the time of persecutions in the beginning of the fourth century and "as he [Nicholas] was the chief priest of the Christians of this town and preached the truths of faith with a holy liberty, the divine Nicholas was seized by the magistrates, tortured, then chained and thrown into prison with many other Christians.But when the great and religious Constatine, chosen by God, assumed the imperial diadem of the Romans, the prisoners were released from their bonds and with them the illustrious Nicholas, who when he was set at liberty returned to Myra." St.