(this article is not directly related to Athos)
In blog 638 I told you about an old Dutch tradition, the celebration of name day of Saint Nikas on the evening before the 6th of December, especially meant for children (our version of Santaclaus in Anglo-American and Scandanavian countries), the “Sinterklaas” feast.
Because I live in Amsterdam and the Holy Niklas is the protecter of my city, I will show you pictures that I took in the large catholic St. Niklas church in Amsterdam (opposite the main railway station). And at the end of this blog I’ll show you a surprizing connection in this church to the Holy Mountain!
Exterior of the Church of St Niklas (St Nikolaaskerk) in Amsterdam
To my surprize I found this painting of St. Athanasius. I know this probably Athanasius the Great, one of the four churchfathers, but in a way the name of this saint is connected with the Holy Mountain and the founder of Lavra!
It also surprized me how the icon of Athanasius resambles the icon of St Niklas: