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The Demise Of The Saint?

On February 14, 1969, Pope Paul VI removed St. Nicholas (and 92 other saints, including St. George of England) from the calendar of saints. This started a minor, although worldwide, furor. The New York Times carried a dispatch under the heading ‘Santa Is Saying Good-by As Major Catholic Saint."

A report by the Reuters News Agency from Rome, and dated December 24, 1969, stated: ‘Santa Claus is having his last Christmas this year as a major Roman Catholic saint. When the new Catholic calendar comes into force January 1, Santa—St. Nicholas of Bari—will be relegated from obligatory to voluntary veneration for the world’s 700 million Roman Catholics.’"

The Papal Court stated that no saint, expunged or optional, was dead: "Saints who lost their places or whose feast days were demoted from universal to optional [e.g. Nicholas] in the new edition of the liturgical calendar are still to be venerated as they were before the calendar’s updating."

In short, St. Nicholas was not removed from the catalog of Saints. Rather his feast day of December 6th was changed from obligatory veneration to voluntary veneration.


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Collections of Christmas Carols & Poetry
Compiled and Edited by
Douglas D. Anderson

Victorian Visions
A Christmas Poetry Collection

Divinely Inspired
A Christmas Poetry Collection

The Bridegroom Cometh
Poetry For The Advent

Other books by Doug Anderson

Once A Lovely Shining Star

A Christmas Poetry Collection

So Gracious Is The Time

A Christmas Poetry Collection

How Still The Night

The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew, S.D.C.

 Father and Daughter

Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal

Now, Now The Mirth Comes

Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

 A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

A Victorian Carol Book

Favorites from the 19th Century —
Still favorites today!

Other Books by Doug Anderson

A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories

Betbüchlein: A Personal Prayer Book, a recreation of Luther's 1529 prayer book

Daily Prayer

Luther's Passional

Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection

Devotions for the Advent – 2009

The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition

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