Happy Feast Day, Saint Nicholas!

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Feast Days
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St Nicholas' tomb stoneSaint Nicholas of Myra, is famed forfor his extraordinary generosity. As the Bishop of Lycia, he made anonymous donations to the poor. Shortly after his death in what is now Turkey in the 14th century, he was proclaimed a saint. Centuries later, his generosity inspired the modern day Santa Claus. However, where lie his earthly remains?

Some 800 years ago when war was breaking out in Europe, returning Crusaders secretly removed his relics and transported them to saftey to the corner of Europe – Ireland.

After reading an article in the Telegraph, I headed down to Jerpoint, Kilkenny, Ireland during my summer holidays. Jerpoint is a sleepy town, tucked in the winding roads of the Irish countryside. I have visited the Cistercian Abbey over the road many times, however I had failed to notice the resting place of Saint Nicholas over the road.

Understandibly so… off a winding country lane, I followed a long drive down to a country house, where the owner lead me across some fields and pointed me in the direction of a church standing in ruins… surrounded by sheep! I made my way through the gate and accross the field to the old church- the 13th century parish of St Nicholas. Next to the church lies a tombstone, marking the extraordinary saint’s final resting place.

 Gates leading to St Nicholas Parish ChurchSt Nicholas' tomb stoneSt Nicholas' parish church

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