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December 6

 

Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent

  • On this feast of St. Nicholas, the 4th century bishop known for his abundant generosity to the poor, pray for an end to global poverty.
    A depiction of St. Nicholas. Walters Museum. 
  • From the ninth century in the East and the eleventh century in the West, Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints in Christendom and in Christian art and is the patron of many countries, dioceses, churches, and cities. He was a Greek bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). According to folklore, he may have saved three girls from prostitution, restored to life three children who had been killed, and saved three unjustly condemned men from death. While some sources say that he may have been imprisoned during the Diocletian persecution, there is no historical certainty that he suffered persecution for his faith. Likewise, while some sources place him at the Council of Nicaea in 325, it is uncertain if he attended. His charity to the poor is commemorated in modern times by those who follow the tradition of stuffing a boot or a stocking with gifts on his feast day. "Santa Claus" comes from the Dutch form of his name, "Sinterklaas." He is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, and children. — Catholic News Service

  • During Advent, as you joyfully await the coming of Christ, take action to proclaim God's kingdom of justice and peace for a world in need. Visit the USCCB Take Action page to join with people of faith to advocate for the protection of human life and dignity in our world.

     


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