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Our father among the [[saints]] '''[[Nicholas of Japan]]''', [[Equal-to-the-Apostles|Equal to the Apostles]] ([[August 1]], 1836 – [[February 3]], 1912), brought Orthodoxy to [[Orthodoxy in Japan|Japan]]. He was sent to Japan as a [[missionary]] by the [[Church of Russia]]. He worked tirelessly among the Japanese people and established there the [[Church of Japan]]. His [[feast day]] is [[February 3]].
Throughout his life, St Nicholas set an example of a true spiritual director wholly devoted to his ministry. He was a man of inexhaustible energy, firm commitment, and outstanding efficiency. He said once: '' "I consider it inappropriate for a missionary to retire unless he is totally unable to serve. I have never tried on a ' robe de chambre,' not even in my dreams. I would better die on the field where God' s Providence destined me to plough and sow."'' His private life was that of an [[ asceticism|ascetic]] . He never tried to perform any special feat, but rather surrendered his entire soul to God. His life was marked with hardships and willfulness, self-appraisals and tiredness, and the feebleness of an old man. However, the saint's life was a clear manifestation of success in overcoming these hardships through the fulfilment of [[ Christ]] 's commandments, shown to the whole world. '''''Recently featured:''' [[ Bede]], [[ Gregory Palamas]], [[ John Chrysostom]], [[ Filioque]]. Newly [[:Category:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented every '''Friday'''.''