This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Nicholas [Greek: Νικολαός, Nikolaos] [c.270-330 A.D.] was born in Lycia (in modern Turkey) which was a major port city. He was the only son of wealthy Christian parents and was very devout from an early age. He was ordained to the priesthood by his uncle and tutor, the Metropolitan of Patras (in modern Greece) Nicholas gained renown for his generosity to the poor, and for his own care of orphans. He later became the Metropolitan of Myra (in modern Turkey). In 325, he was one of many bishops to answer the request of the Emperor Constantine and appear at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea. There, Nicholas was a staunch anti-Arian and defender of the Orthodox position, and one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed.