St. Nicholas, up close and personal

Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas.

At the snowy Sabine Farm there is a relic of this great saint in the chapel.

There are several relics in this old reliquary.

Here we have St. Nicholas, St. Blaise, St. Joachim, St. Ann and St. Paul, Apostle.

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  1. Tina in Ashburn says:

    How wonderful! And lovely to behold.
    I chuckle thinking of a very ancient reliquary of my mother’s that contains several saints’ remains. Each is surrounded by Latin descriptions. In the very center, around some white dust is “Mary’s milk”. Makes you wonder…:-) Alas, there is no accompanying paperwork to verify the other relics.

  2. Richard Cox says:

    What are the five names?

  3. JW says:

    I was wondering if someone could please answer this question for me – how do you pronounce St. Joachim’s name (in English)? I have never heard anyone say his name before, even though I have read it many times. Many thanks in advance.

  4. Geoffrey says:


    I’ve heard it a variety of ways, most notably: “Jo-a-kim” and “Jo-kim”… I’m not sure which one, if either, is correct!

  5. Martin_B says:

    The german pronounciation is “Jo – a – chim”.

    With the “Jo” pronounced like the “yo” in “yoga”
    the “a” like in “target”
    the “ch” as in the scottish “loch”,
    and the “i” as the “e” in “e-mail”.

  6. JW says:

    Thanks for the help! My first inclination was, for some reason, to pronounce the “J” with a “y” sound (Yo-Keem), but then I thought maybe it was “Jo-kim” (I asked someone else to pronounce it and it came out “Jo-kum”).

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