6 December – Saint Nicholas

Modern Hagaiography

Roman Martyrology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Francis Weninger.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Character Calendar

Pictorial Lives of the Saints

La vie des saints

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

Short Instructive Sketches from the Lives of the Saints

Stories of the Saints for Children: The Black Letter Saints by Mrs. Molesworth.

Saints of Italy by Ella Noyes. (Note that the story of Saint Nicholas continues through three chapters).

In God’s Garden: Stories of the Saints for Little Children by Amy Steedman.

Martyrs and Saints of the First Twelve Centuries: Studies from the Lives of the Black Letter Saints of the English Calendar by Elizabeth Rundle Charles.

Stories of the Saints by Caroline Chenoweth.

Medieval Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

Oration by Saint Andrew of Crete

An account of the translation (removal) of his relics from Turkey to Bari, Italy in 1087, preserved in a 13th C. manuscript.

Five Miracle Stories

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

Breviarium Romanorum – Latin & English

Art & Architecture

Vatican Colonnade

Three panels painted by Gentile da Fabriano.

Two panels from a pictorial cycle of his life by Fra Angelico. (click the arrow to see the second panel).

A painting by Bicci di Lorenzo in the Ashmolean Museum.

A polyptych by Giovanni da Paola in Siena.

18C Libro del Compendio della Vita di tutti Santi

Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon, 2016 Plumb.

Post-Biblical Saints Art Index

Sacred and Legendary Art volume II by Mrs. Jameson.

A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints as Illustrated in Art by Clara Erskine Clement.

A Garner of Saints: Being a Collection of the Legends and Emblems Usually Represented in Art by Allen Hinds.

Lives and Legends of the Great Hermits and Fathers of the Church, with Other Contemporary Saints by Mrs. Arthur Bell.

The Saints in Art with Their Attributes and Symbols, Alphabetically Arranged by Margaret E. Tabor.

Saints and their Symbols: A Companion in the Churches and Picture Galleries of Europe by E. A. Greene.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.

Sacred Symbols in Art by Elizabeth Edwards Goldsmith.

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.


A gallery of photographs of the church dedicated to Saint Nicholas in Myra, from which his remains were taken in the 11th century.

A “tour” of his new church in Bari.  A photo gallery and a video gallery from the website of the church.

A 15th-century painting of pilgrims to his tomb in the Cathedral dedicated to him in Bari by Gentile da Fabriano, for a church in Florence and now in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.


Medieval Music Database


The Saint Nicholas Center has an abundance of recipes and other cultural resources, including excerpts from Kersti and Saint Nicholas by Hilda von Stockum.

For German-language Learners

If your child is newly learning German, Teddylingua.de has a video about Saint Nikolaus.

And there are plenty of songs: Nikolaus, Lieber Nikolaus; Lasst uns froh und munter sein; Sankt NikolausNikolaus, Komm zu uns nach Haus; Sankt Nikolaus kommt, hurra (the last two without subtitles).

And there are relatively simply videos about Saint Nicholas in German for more advanced students: here and here.

For French-language Learners

There are also many songs in French about Saint Nicholas.  Ô grand Saint-Nicolas patron des écoliers; La legende de Saint-Nicholas; Grand Saint-Nicolas, viendras-tu chez moi?; Grand Saint-Nicholas; Mon gentil Saint-Nicholas;  and an entire playlists, with some overlap, here and here.

Customs & Devotions

Prayer to Saint Nicholas

Feast Day Cookbook

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