Monday, 7 December 2009
St Nicolas' multi-tasking
Yesterday one person brought a laptop with a multiple choice quiz about St Nicolas. One of the questions was about his being a Patron Saint. Was it 'of children' (as this blog has said)? Or 'of sailors'? Or 'of pawnbrokers'? The answer was 'all of these'. In St Nicolas', Great Coates his Bishop's staff has an anchor on it, an indication of the Patron Saint of Sailors and appropriate for a parish on the Humber bank. His coat of arms on the Font and on the ceiling has the three balls of the traditional pawnbroker's sign; they represent bags of gold he gave away. And, of course, being both Patron Saint of Children and someone who gave things away, he is a model for a figure with whom he shares a name in some other languages as Santa Claus.