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Saint Nicholas and Saint George

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The bust of St. Nicholas appears above giving a blessing sign while holding the Gospel Book in his convered left hand. As usual, he appears with white beard and a near bald forehead. As a bishop his garments include a blue omophorion decorated with red crosses. Many legends grew up about this 4th century bishop. he became the protector of the weak, the poor, the captive, the prisoner, the slave, young marriageable maidens and schoolboys. in 19th century America he became transformed into Santa Claus. St. George is shown typically on a white prancing horse spearing a curiously feeble dragon. he wears a cape and a crown (reference to hislater martyrdom). St. George was one of the most popular saints in the Western and Eastern Christian Church. In Russia he became the patron sint of Moscow.