St. Nicholas saves a greedy noble’s son

Pocket Bard’s notes: I like to use this as a teaching story not to be greedy. And when you promise something to God, you’d better follow through.


St. Nicholas saves a greedy noble’s son
The Golden Legend, Volume I, trans. William Granger Ryan, p.26

A nobleman had asked Saint Nicholas to pray the Lord to grant him a son, and promised that he would go with his son to the saint’s tomb and would offer him a gold cup. His prayer was answered and he ordered the cup to be made, but he was so pleased with it that he kept it for himself and ordered another of like value. Then he took ship with the boy, to travel to the saint’s tomb. On the way the father told his son to fetch him some water in the first cup. The boy tried to fill the cup with water, but fell into the sea and disappeared. Though stricken with grief, the father pursued his journey in order to fulfill his vow. He came to the church of Saint Nicholas and placed the second cup on the altar, whereupon an unseen hand thrust him back with the cup and threw him to the ground. He picked himself up, returned to the altar, and again was thrown down. And then, to the astonishment of all, the boy arrived whole and unharmed, carrying the first cup in his hands. He told how, the minute he had fallen into the water, Saint Nicholas had plucked him out and had kept him hale and hearty. At this the father rejoiced and offered both cups to the blessed Nicholas.

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