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|200pxl|St Nicholas of Myra]]
Our father among the saints ‘‘‘Nicholas of Myra’’’ was the [[bishop]] of Myra in southern Asia Minor in the fourth century. While widely honored and venerated, not only in the Orthodox Church, but throughout most Christian groups, little is known historically of the life of Nicholas. He is known to have been [[bishop]] of Myra and he may have participated in the [[First Ecumenical Council|Council of Nicaea]] in 325 . In addition to being honored as the patron [[saint]] of many countries, notably Greece and Russia, and of cities, he is the patron of many occupational groups most notably of sea farers.