Today is Saint Nicholas Day. No, not THAT St Nick a.k.a. Santa with a red hat and a white hat.
The REAL Saint Nicholas’s Dec 19 is the Saint Day, or “Krsna Slava,” as it is known in Serbia. It is the day on which the Djurdjevic family was believed to have converted from “paganism” to Christianity, perhaps a thousand or so years ago.
In my case, however, St Nicholas has another special meaning. We knew each other. Twice. In parallel lifetimes. For more, see STORY OF SAINT NICHOLAS below.
Last year, we celebrated the St Nicholas Day twice. Once with Elizabeth and her family here in Scottsdale (GOING AWAY / CHRISTMAS / SAINT NICHOLAS “SLAVA” PARTY OF 2013, DEC 15, 2013). And then again I did it by myself at the Rainbow Shower in Maui on the actual day (see ST NICHOLAS DAY 2013: “DANCE TO THE RHYTHM OF THE STARS”, DEC 19, 2013).
This year, Elizabeth and I had a quiet St Nicholas Day. She prepared the “kolach,” one of the two Saint Day offerings (that’s the round bread with the cross and the candle). It was yummy-delicious!
I made the “Zhito” (wheat, walnuts and sugar in the smaller plate on the right). Also very tasty. The “zhito” represents the death and resurrection of Christ. It is prepared as an offering to God for all of the blessings we have received from Him. And also to honor St Nicholas in gratitude for his protection of the family.
The beautiful orange rose is the Creator’s gift to St Nicholas. It bloomed at just the right time. I cut it this morning from our garden.
After I consecrated the offerings, we had an early barbecue dinner. And that’s all she wrote for this St Nicholas Day.
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The Saint Day, or “Krsna Slava,” as it is known in Serbia, is the day on which the Djurdjevic family was believed to have converted from “paganism” to Christianity, perhaps a thousand or so years ago.
In my case, however, St Nicholas has another special meaning. We knew each other. Twice. In parallel lifetimes.
Nicholas, or Bishop of Myra, was my contemporary when I was Roman Emperor Constantine. He was almost certainly present at the first ever “global” gathering of Christian spiritual leaders which Constantine convened in the city of Nicaea in 325 AM. The result of this “convention” was the Nicene Creed. Much of it survives to this today in Divine Liturgy.
While I do not have a personal memory of Nicholas and I actually meeting and interacting in Nicaea, two years ago, I learned that I did have a close personal relationship with this wonderful man, whom history remembers as a “miracle maker,” for all the wonderful things he did for other people – anonymously.
In a parallel lifetime to that as Constantine, I was also incarnated as Nikolai Gromyko, Bishop of Myra’s (St Nicholas) apprentice.
By the way, St Nicholas’ miracles continue even in modern times. My first-born grandson is called Nikolai. I had nothing do with choosing his name. But when she was about five months pregnant, I had an intuition that it would be a boy. And then two months before the baby was born, I felt he would be named Nikolai.
When I shared these intuitions with my daughter’s “Russian Mom,” a month before the baby was due, she replied, “oh, she didn’t tell you? She has chosen the name Nikolai.”St Nicholas’ modern day miracles… 🙂