Why St. Nicholas Is The Patron Saint Of Unmarried Women


The calendar tells us it is December. The second candle of the Advent wreath is lit, and many of us are excited for the Christmas season. We are about to celebrate the birth of Christ!

Part of that celebration has come to include giving gifts, attending parties, spending time with family and friends. However, I look forward to the beginning of Advent because today, when we honor one of my favorite saints, Saint Nicholas.

I grew up celebrating St. Nicholas Day. It was like an early mini-Christmas in my family.

As children, we put our shoes outside the bedroom door at night. Waking up on Dec. 6, we would find a simple gift: a small toy or new mittens, a candy cane and fruit. (St. Nick, as well as Santa Claus, always managed to bring fruit for my siblings and me. No shoe or stocking was too small for a giant orange or apple in my house!).

As I got older, I learned more about this saint, who is the basis for the character we know as Santa Claus. St. Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop in what is now Turkey.

Legend has it that he heard of a local man who had fallen on hard times financially. The man was contemplating selling his daughters into prostitution.

During the night Nicholas tossed bags of gold through the window of the man’s home. Because of this St Nicholas is the patron saint of unmarried girls.

As a child I looked forward to St. Nicholas Day because it meant I would receive a special treat. As an adult it is this story of St. Nicholas helping the girls that draws me to him even more.

It’s important for unmarried women and men to know that they are loved and to know that our bodies and lives are worthy of respect. St. Nicholas gave us an example of this love and respect, and when we remember him today we can be examples to others.



  1. Stacey-101742 December 11, 2010 Reply

    I never knew this , it is so inspiring especially for the fourth century and today . I always celebrated this Saint Nicholas with my children when they were young by them putting their shoes out and Satin Nick would put some goodies in them , but I never knew that he helped to prevent ones man’s sad plight and his daughters . What a beautiful man , and his courage in spirit to act on his impulses within his heart to do the right thing . I love Saint Nick even more !

  2. Carol-639957 December 10, 2010 Reply

    I LOVE THIS STORY!!! I can’t wait to share this with my children.

    St. Nicholas, please help the single mothers that have children and give her the strength and courage to continue being the rock for her family.

  3. Anita-496120 December 10, 2010 Reply

    This St. Nicholas will now be called on to watch over my daughter.

  4. Aliss-652413 December 10, 2010 Reply

    I didn’t knew it. Now I ask to St. Nicholas my gift for this Christmas….A good man!!!

  5. Jim-397948 December 7, 2010 Reply

    Dear Saint Nick…Please bring me an Irish Princess or Irish-American Princess!!! I am waiting at the edge of the beautiful sea!!!!

  6. Maria P. December 6, 2010 Reply

    nice story!

  7. Mike-59303 December 6, 2010 Reply

    St.Nicholas Community in Minnesota and church there too named St. Nicholas was the place of a priest who had his ordination moved up in 1990 due to doctor’s saying he only had months to live. He was happy to say his first mass and went back for tests but the doctors found no tumors. Later, he would have cancer come back but today is cancer free. He felt he had a vocation to the priesthood as he was going to take over the family dairy business. But his ability with learning and books was discouraging. Yet, he tried the yearnings of his heart. When his second year came, he felt the pressure and packed his bags but upon reception of the Holy Eucharist, he had this floating feeling and then spent three hours before the Tabernacle of the Lord in His Presence. To his room he went and unpacked his bags and the rest of the story you know. Perseverance for any vocation is what it is all about. St. Nicholas pray for us!

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