Likenesses of Saint Nicholas
Part of the Saint Nicholas Page honoring Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
Orthodox Christianity prefers icons (Greek eikonas - "images") to other
representations of saints and sacred scenes. Icons are most often painted ("written")
in Byzantine style, which purposely avoids a realistic depiction of the object.
Icons are both teaching aids and "windows into heaven", reminding us of
the union with God that is the end of our spiritual endeavors, and of the
"great cloud of witnesses" that has preceded us in the faith.
In Orthodox Christian practice (as in Roman Catholic and other ancient Christian
usage), icons are not worshiped, as some mistakenly suppose, for God alone
is worshiped. Rather, icons are venerated: shown great respect, kissed, carried
in processions. They are, if you will, the family pictures. The devotion shown to the icon is
considered to be given directly to the ones depicted on the icon.
For a concise description of the purpose of icons in the Orthodox Church,
see WINDOWS INTO
HEAVEN from Tom Tsagalakis Iconography, Seattle, WA. Tom (Rev. Fr. Athanasios)
is an ordained Orthodox priest serving in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Several of the linked icons are "life icons". These portray the saint in
the center, with scenes from the life and death of the saint clustered around
the edges. A picture is worth a thousand words: Life icon of St.
Nicholas the Wonderworker, from The Orthodox Church in America
- Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles, California. Saint Nicholas is depicted on the ikonostasion,
the center icon of the three icons to the left of center.
St. Nicholas 1895, the Church of St. George, the village of Sestrimo,
Pazardjik region, Bulgaria. Retrieved from Web Archive.
Nicholas from the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia .
- Life icon
of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, from St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
, Concord, California
Nicholas. Retrieved from Web Archive, a remembrance of an early web page of
St. Nicholas Orthodox
Church , McKees Rocks, PA (OCA)
- Saint Nicholas:
Bishop of Myra, from the Coptic Orthodox Church site.
- Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox
Church, Corpus Christi, Texas
- Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, New York City. Other images emerge on the left, several of which also show the saint.
- The Saint Michael Orthodox Church
site has two life icons: (1) and (2) .
- Saint Nicholas
Russian Orthodox Church, Dallas, Texas, has a photograph of
the Myrrh Streaming
Icon of St. Nicholas.
- Saint Nicholas
in the center part of a triptych (portable folding icon.) The left and right wings of the
triptych appear to hold scenes from the life of Saint Nicholas. Hosted
by Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox
Cathedral , Washington, D.C.
- Saint Nicholas
, from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, Des Moines, Iowa
- Several icons (including on the home page) of St.Nicholas Russian
Orthodox Church , Chisholm, Minnesota:
- A number of icons shown on the pages of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church
, San Anselmo, CA as hosted at Christianity.com
Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church , Myrtle Beach (Surfside Beach), South Carolina
- "Iconograms" from Iconograms.com
(sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) include two of Saint Nicholas
. Click on the small icon to see a larger representation, and, if you want,
to send a message to someone that includes the icon.
- From Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox
Church, Orange Connecticut, an unusual icon of Saint Nicholas
and a lengthy explanation of the saint's life.
- The officialMount Athos site hosts a number of sites of the monasteries on "Agion Horos" - the Holy Mountain. Some of them display their own icons of the saint.
Icons in other church-related sites
- Saint Nicholas'
Anglican Church Bloomington, IL (Novgorod Icon of St. Nicholas)
Saint Nicholas from the
Domestic Church online magazine for Catholic families.
- St. Nicholas
, with scenes from his life (click for large version). Scenes identified!
Polish, latter 16th century. From the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
- From Greek Catholic Union
of the USA :
Nicholas from Saint Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church. Also
an icon, the troparion and life story of Saint Nicholas
Nicholas at Saint Nicholas Anglican
Church , Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada. Larger picture.
- Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
(Russian) on a Gospel book. Image sent by Metropolitan Archbishop Wayne
M. Hay of the Anglican Catholic
Byzantine Orthodox Church (sic). Used by permission.
Saint Nicholas from Saint Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Fontana,
- From St. Mary's Byzantine
Catholic Church , Kingston PA, St. Nicholas,
the Wonderworker (scroll down). Click the icon for a larger view.
Icons in Turkish sites -- ancient Myra
Other pictures of the Demre/Myra area may be found in the Turkey section of the Saint Nicholas pages
Other icon sites
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