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Protector of Sailors | by Lawrence OP
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Protector of Sailors

Saint Nicholas of Myra, whose feast is today, 6 December, is the patron saint of sailors and is often called upon by mariners who are in danger of drowning or being shipwrecked.


According to one legend, as a young man Nicholas went to study in Alexandria and on one of his sea voyages from Myra to Alexandria he is said to have saved the life of a sailor who fell from the ship's rigging in a storm.


This mosaic of St Nicholas is in Westminster Cathedral in London.

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Taken on July 24, 2008