The Seven Deacons: Nicholas

Nicholas is the last of the deacons selected as mentioned in Acts 6.

The name Nicholas is Greek and means victorious over people.

He came from Antioch and the book of Acts states he converted to Judaism.

He is described as being ordained by Peter.

There are writings, although considered murky if this relates to the disciple, stating “He abandoned his wife because of her beauty, so that whoever wanted to might enjoy her; the practice turned into debauchery, with partners being exchanged in turn.”  This is said to take place when he was in Epiphanius.

I’ve been unable to find any information on his death, other than he is listed in the books Roman Martyrology and Book of Saints.

His feast day is July 28.

 It has been questioned whether this Nicolas was connected with the Nicolaitans mentioned in Revelation, and if so, how closely.

He is counted among the Seventy Apostles.

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