On December 19, according to the new style, the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, one of the most beloved and revered saints in Rus’. That the saint helps many people through prayer today, Pravda. Ru told Nikolai Kapchuk*ktitor of the Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhov, in which there is also a northern Nikolsky chapel.
“St. Nicholas patronizes us and prays for us,” says Nikolai Semenovich.
According to the curator of the Cathedral of the Epiphany, Saint Nicholas of Myra, whose name was given to him at baptism, constantly supported him in his ministry.
“If there was something, this or that sorrow, I always prayed to St. Nicholas, and everything always went well. Therefore, I believe that St. Nicholas always helps,” N. Kapchuk is convinced.
Nikolai Semenovich told that he had been to Italy several times, in the city of Bari, where the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker are located.
“It was a great joy to be at the relics of the saint, it is the joy of any Christian, and especially for me, because I bear his name. I think that not only the locals, but the whole of Russia, and, in fact, the whole world celebrate St. Nicholas knows such a saint,” he stressed.
As the curator of the cathedral said, “there is a revered icon of St. Nicholas in the Epiphany Cathedral.” According to him, the parishioners of the temple are especially fond of two revered icons – the Kazan Mother of God and St. Nicholas. “People come up to her all day long, apply. Many people believe in his help,” he said.
“As you enter the temple, on the left side is the chapel of St. Nicholas, and she is immediately the first here,” Nikolai Semenovich specified.
The main miracle, according to the ktitor, “is that we are healthy and alive. This is already a great miracle.”
There are several sites in Runet where modern stories of the miraculous help of St. Nicholas in various life situations are collected and published, from about 1940-50 to the present day. Saint Nicholas is considered the patron saint of travelers and seafarers, and many stories of miracles are related to the road.
“It was necessary to urgently go to another city, but there were no bus tickets at the box office. I prayed to St. Nicholas. Suddenly, the conductor got out of the bus, which was full and was about to leave, and said that there was one more place, but she herself would choose, who will go. And she chose me.” “I stood at the bus stop for a long time, there was no transport, and I was late for work. After praying to Nikolai Ugodnik, an empty bus suddenly drove up, its driver said that we were on the way, and drove me to work in five minutes.” “I went to the monastery for the vigil. The service ended at about half past ten in the evening, the last bus had already left. I was standing at the bus stop, reading an akathist to St. Nicholas. Suddenly a car drove up, its driver turned out to be a believer, he drove me straight to the house and did not take the money “There are many such stories.
Stories about miraculous healings are not rare, including hopeless ones, for example, cancer patients. “It was 14 years ago. I fell ill, the doctors could not determine anything. I was melting like a candle. I’ll work somehow, I come home, I don’t want to eat anything. Here, on December 18, I am lying, tears flow from my eyes, and suddenly I remembered that tomorrow, December 19, is the feast of St. Nicholas. I say to myself: “Prelate Father Nicholas, I want to recover or die.” With this thought, I fell asleep. I wake up in the morning, I feel healthy, I have an appetite, I have sharply improved. Since then, I always put a candle to St. Nicholas in church. For me, December 19 is my second birthday. Even when I have to go somewhere, I also pray Nikolai Ugodnik, and everything works out for me: I drive without incident and quickly,” says Tamara Mayakova from the city of Vladimir.
There are numerous testimonies about how, after a prayer to St. Nicholas, lost important documents were found. “My husband and I were picking mushrooms, but the rain drove us out of the forest. In the car, we discovered the loss of documents: rights, technical certificate, which we dropped in the forest. We searched for them for a long time, asked God, but did not find them. A week later, I advised my husband to pray on his knees in front of the image of St. Nicholas, ask him for help. The husband agreed, only asked: “What should I do after the prayer, go to the forest again?” I answered: “As God wills.” safe and sound, despite the fact that it rained for a week. They returned it free of charge,” write the servants of God John and Fotinia from the Kaliningrad region.
In the book “New Miracles of St. Nicholas, Archbishop of the World of Lycia, a saint of God and a miracle worker; with an akathist to him and a prayer,” such a case is described: to an unfamiliar shore.
She was a believer from childhood and all the time she prayed to St. Nicholas for salvation. She decided to walk along the coast until she met someone’s housing.
She goes, she meets an old man, asks:
“Where are you going, girl?”
I am walking along the coast to find someone’s home.
– Do not go. You will not find anyone here for hundreds of miles. And you see a hill over there in the distance … go there, climb it and then you will see where you go next.
She looked at the hill, and then turned to the old man. But he was no longer in front of her. She realized that St. Nicholas himself showed her the way, and went to the hill. From it, she noticed a house in the distance and went to it. There was a hut of a fisherman and his family. The fisherman was very surprised at her appearance in this completely deserted place. He confirmed that, indeed, for hundreds of kilometers along the coast, she would not have found housing and would certainly have died of hunger and cold.
So St. Nicholas saved the careless geologist from death.
Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of the World of Lycia, became famous as a great saint of God and a miracle worker. According to his life, he was born in the city of Patara, Lycian region (on the southern coast of Asia Minor) in the III century. Nicholas was the only son pious parents Theophan and Nonna, who remained childless until old age, prayed a lot for the gift of a child and made a vow in the event of a child being born to dedicate it to God. When his parents died, Nikolai inherited a large fortune from them, but he squandered everything to help the poor.
Seeing the pious life of the young man, his uncle, the bishop, ordained Nicholas to the priesthood. Having accepted the priesthood, Saint Nicholas began to lead an even more strict ascetic life.
Once on a ship, on the way to Palestine, a young priest manifested the gift of insight and wonderworking: he predicted an upcoming cruel storm and pacified it with the power of his prayer. Soon, here on the ship, he performed a great miracle, resurrecting a young sailor who fell from the mast onto the deck and crashed to death. On the way, the ship often landed on the shore. St. Nicholas everywhere relieved the ailments of local residents: some he healed from incurable diseases, from others he expelled the evil spirits that tormented them, and finally, he gave consolation to others in sorrows.
Presbyter Nicholas left the city of Patara, where everyone knew him and showed him honors, and moved to the large city of Myra, the capital and metropolis of the Lycian land. He lived like a beggar, but inevitably attended all church services.
After the death of the archbishop of all Lycia, John, Nicholas was miraculously chosen as the new bishop. A man appeared to one of the oldest bishops, illuminated by an unearthly light, and ordered that night to stand in the porch of the temple and notice who was the first to come to the temple for the morning service, this is the man pleasing to the Lord, whom the bishops should appoint as their archbishop; his name was also revealed – Nikolai.
With the onset of night, the elder bishop stood in the porch of the temple, waiting for the arrival of the chosen one. Saint Nicholas, having risen from midnight, came to the temple. The old man stopped him and asked for his name. He quietly and modestly answered: “I am called Nicholas, the servant of your shrine, lord!”
And the elder was convinced that he was the chosen one of God. He took him by the hand and led him to the cathedral of bishops. Everyone gladly accepted it. Upon entering the administration of the Myrliki diocese, St. Nicholas said to himself: “Now, Nicholas, your dignity and your position require you to live entirely not for yourself, but for others!”
In those years, the Church of Christ was persecuted by the emperor Diocletian (285-230). Temples were destroyed, divine and liturgical books were burned. The persecution also reached the Lycian Church.
Saint Nicholas in these difficult days supported his flock in faith, loudly and openly preaching the name of God, for which he was imprisoned, where he never ceased to strengthen the faith among the prisoners, so that they would be ready to suffer for Christ.
Diocletian’s successor Galerius ended the persecution. Saint Nicholas, upon leaving the dungeon, again occupied the Myrlikian cathedra. He also became famous as a pacifier of the warring, a defender of the innocently condemned and a deliverer from a vain death.
Saint Nicholas lived to a ripe old age. After a short illness, he died peacefully on December 6, 342 (19 according to a new style), and was buried in the cathedral church of the city of Mira.
During his lifetime, St. Nicholas was a benefactor of the human race; he did not cease to be them even after his death. His relics began to exude a fragrant myrrh, possessing the gift of miracles. Even Muslims deeply respect the saint.
*Nikolay Kapchuk passed away on February 18, 2018. The conversation and the first publication of this material took place in 2010.