Icon of Saint Nicholas of Japan – S343

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Saint  Nicholas (a.d. 1836-1912) was born of a pious family in the Smolensk Province in Russia.  His father was a deacon and encouraged his son to enter seminary.  Graduating at the top of his class, he was given a scholarship to attend the famous Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, from which he graduated with honors.  Tonsured a monk and then ordained a priest, Saint Nicholas desired to go to Japan to preach Orthodox Christianity to their pagan people.

When he arrived in 1860, he was at first disappointed by the lack of interest in the Faith, but soon learned Japanese to translate many services, prayers, and the Holy Scriptures into their language.  Slowly the mission grew to about 140 souls, but due to older laws against Christianity, many were jailed until Saint Nicholas had the foreign ambassadors help influence the repeal of these laws.  Saint Nicholas was made the first bishop of the Japanese Church in 1880, and in 1891 his cathedral was built in Tokyo.  Saint Nicholas believed that the native Japanese should be the mainstay of its mission, and had many Japanese converts become its priests and leaders, making it a truly Japanese Orthodox Church.

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Church Feast Day 1

3-Feb

Church Feast Day 2

1-Aug

Heritage

Russian

Style

Egg Tempera

Date

20th c. (Late)

Location

Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, USA