"Ask Nicole, and he will say to the Savior." It was in his honor that many temples were erected and a special service in churches is dedicated to him every week on Thursday.
About Nicholas the Wonderworker many legends and tales have reached our days. The people believed that Saint Nicholas was his quick assistant, warning of danger and natural disasters, protecting people on the water, patron of “fishermen and seafarers”. Without the image of this saint, the fishermen did not go to sea to go fishing.
From old times the Black Sea fishermen believed that there are two saints Nicholas: the sea and the wet. Sea manages ships, and wet - sea waves. There was a belief that Nikolai was among the fishermen, but they could not see him.
The sailors believed that if, during a storm, you give a holy vow to honor his day or to decorate his image, or even to build a church in his honor, then Nicholas the Wonderworker will bring trouble. At the most dangerous moments of sailing on deck, the image of the saint was carried out and a prayer was read - a petition for intercession and deliverance from danger.
There was a legend among the Eastern Slavic peoples, which told about Saints Nicholas and Kasian ...
Somehow Saint Kasyan turned to God with a complaint why he does not respect and honor the people as much as Saint Nicholas. Why are so many churches and temples not being built in his honor as they are being built to Nicholas the Pleasant? The Lord listened to the complaints of St. Kasian and ordered the angel to bring Nicholas the Wonderworker to him. However, the angel returned alone, did not find the saint in heaven, because at that time he was busy rescuing fishermen from the storm at sea.
The second time the Lord sent an angel for St. Nicholas. Once again, the angel returned alone: Nikolai the Pleasurer saved people from a fire. The third time, an angel was sent for St. Nicholas, and with him returned to the Lord.
Saint Nicholas appeared before God exhausted and dirty. When asked where he was, he answered that he had helped the peasant get the cart out of the mud. And the Lord said to St. Kasian that the people love and honor St. Nicholas because he does not sit in the heavenly palaces, but helps the people all the time. And drove Kasyan away from himself.
For an ambulance, the people began to call the people St. Nicholas the Saint. He and the people, and God pleases.
Many legends tell that Saint Nicholas did not only help people. He did not leave without help and animals, and livestock.
In one of these legends it is said: a peasant once lost his way in the forest saw an amazing picture. He saw how many forest animals gathered on one glade. He could not believe his eyes: the hares were sitting next to the wolves, not fearing them. And the peasant noticed that a gray-haired old man was sitting next to the forest dwellers and was talking to them about something. In the old man, he recognized Nikolai the Great.
In the spring, May 22, the Christian church celebrates the feast day of St. Nicholas. On this day many years ago a great event happened - the relics of the holy wonderworker were transferred from Lycia to Italy (the city of Bar). This Western-born holiday became very revered by Eastern Christians thanks to Metropolitan Ephraim, who at the end of the 11th century introduced him to the church calendar of the Eastern Slavs.
In the people this day was called the Spring of Spring, the Warm, the Grass. By tradition, the spring was sown with him. But such a culture as oats, should have already been sifted to this day. The people said: "Oats Mikolsky is neither the master's nor the horse". The sign says that if the frogs start singing at Nikolai, the oats will be good this year.
One of the main activities dedicated to Nikolina Day was the pasture of horses into the fields. This day was revered as a festival of grooms. Priests should be to pray and sprinkle horses with consecrated water.
One of the signs of this day was a ban on any work on the housework and housework. A holy saint should be honored in the days dedicated to his memory. The second day, when it is customary to honor St. Nicholas, comes in the winter (December 19) and is called Nicholas the Frosty.