St. Nicholas

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St. Nicholas Classic & Primary Sources

The oldest surviving accounts from the 5th century, the oldest complete 9th century biography, thirteen stories from The Golden Legend, contemporary source material on the Translation of the Relics, and more.

Saint Nicolas
Wood block illumination from a Book of Hours, Paris, France, 1507
St Nicholas Center Collection

Stratelatis or Military Officers
Anonymous Greek account from around AD 400

Encomium of St. Nicholas of Myra
by Andrew of Crete, early 8th century 

The Life of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker 
by Michael the Archimandrite, 9th century

The Life of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
selections by Symeon the Metaphrast, ca 912

The Life of St. Nicholas the Bishop
thirteen stories from The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine, 1275

Saint Nicholas, Confessor, Archbishop of Myra
by the Rev. Alban Butler, 1756-59, 1866 edition 

Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
from The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints (ca 1940)

Translation of Saint Nicholas
Earliest account, written by Nicephorus immediately after the arrival in Bari, May 9, 1087

Translation of Saint Nicholas
13th Century anonymous Greek account

Traditional Stories & Legends
Life of St. Nicholas shown in images
Modern Miracles
More Stories & Poems

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