St. Nicholas Day

AKA the Day Everyone Celebrates That Santa Claus Slapped a Heretic.

Yes, the story of how, at the Council of Nicea, St. Nicholas slapped Arius for denying that Christ was consubstantial with God the Father is a highlight of the season, but I wanted to go ahead and focus on something a little different today. I found the old Vespers antiphon for his feast day, which is awesome enough because Gregorian Chant never goes out of style, but what made this particular video stand out was the inclusion of different images of St. Nicholas from different countries. Each culture has its own way of portraying him, but there are some elements–the red vestments, the white beard–that remain constant. I personally like the Polish picture because that just looks like someone who would slap a heretic.

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