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Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

In A.D. 325, the Emperor Constantine convened a council to discuss one of the most heated theological issues of the day: the nature of the Holy Trinity.  Arius, from Alexandria, Egypt, was teaching that Jesus was created by, and subordinate to, God the Father.

While Arius argued for his position, Nicholas of Myra, who was also present, became so increasingly agitated, that he ultimately walked across the room and slapped  Arius across the face.  As a result of his unseemly behavior, Nicholas was stripped of his Episcopal duties.  However, shortly thereafter, following some spiritual experiences on the part of the Church Fathers, Nicholas was reinstated.

The council ultimately found in favor of the position that Nicholas supported.  The result of this council was the creed that  many Christians the world over recite weekly as a statement of their beliefs.

Most people don’t think of St. Nick as a man prone to slapping another.  
Apparently though, Bishop Nicholas was not fond of heresy.  
A man like that deserves a batch of cookies baked in his honor.

Photo: From the Movie
movie on the life of the real Saint Nicholas is in the works. 

 I am looking forward to it.  While we are waiting for the movie to come out, there is much time for baking.

Some wonderful St. Nicholas cookie cutters are available here.

We use a handy-dandy cut-out.  Email me at liturgicaltime if you would like me to send it to you.  (Remove space between the "e" and the "@" before using the address.)

Use your favorite cookie cutter style cookie recipe.  

We use a favorite Ukrainian recipe,
from this book.

We figure that they are especially Ukrainian, since a Ukrainian made them!

Ukie girl is wearing an apron from Homemade McGinnity.  
Don't you love it?  
We sure do!

Blessed Feastday!

May you be mindful of Nicholas' strong stand for Biblical truth.

More about St. Nicholas here.


The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, 
the Father, the Almighty, 
maker of heaven and earth, 
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, 
the only Son of God, 
eternally begotten of the Father, 
God from God, Light from Light, 
true God from true God, 
begotten, not made, 
of one Being with the Father. 
Through him all things were made. 
For us and for our salvation 
he came down from heaven: 
by the power of the Holy Spirit 
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, 
and was made man. 
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; 
he suffered death and was buried. 
On the third day he rose again 
in accordance with the Scriptures; 
he ascended into heaven 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, 
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 
who proceeds from the Father (and the Son). 
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. 
He has spoken through the Prophets. 
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 
We look for the resurrection of the dead, 
and the life of the world to come. Amen

Pax Christi,


  1. This is an awesome post! I don't picture St. Nick slapping someone's face but I'm all about the passion. I am so thrilled you posted this. God bless you today!

  2. I did not know that about St Nicolas! I learn something every time you post. I really enjoy learning too!

    Hope your cookies taste good!

    God Bless!!

  3. New information for me too:) Thanks for linking up to the NOBH


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