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Today is St. Nicholas Day. In the Byzantine Catholic rite, it’s a very special day. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of all Byzantine Catholic churches. As children my father would dress up as St. Nicholas for the entire elementary school. He’d also dress up as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. It was pretty great having St. Nicholas as your father, so to speak. It’s a role he fit well and fulfilled his entire life. After mass was over, St. Nicholas would walk the halls of the school as all the school children sang “O kto, kto Nikolaja l’ubit,” translated from Church Slavonic means, “O Who Loves Nicholas the Saintly.” St. Nicholas would pass out candy and other treats to the children. Then we’d all assemble in the gymnasium for a special lunch. Keep reading . . .