It's the first Thursday in the fast of the Holy Apostles. In our weekly cycle of prayers, every Thursday is dedicated to the apostles and to our beloved St Nicholas. While we honor him as a wonderworker, he is also honored for his practical virtues: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, delivering those who were falsely accused. He is the patron of children, of course (along with St. Stylianos). But also the patron of sailors, pawnbrokers, and kust about everyone else. If you want to read more about him, you can follow the link in my profile @charlotteriggle to The Saint Nicholas Day Snow, and then explore. There is so much more to his life than Christmas sweets for little ones!