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‘NI­CHOLAS’s great jour­ney had barely be­gun when they laid him in his sar­coph­a­gus at Myra, in what is now south­west­ern Turkey, in or around AD 352. The day of his death, De­cem­ber 6, is bet­ter es­tab­lished. As vam­pires shun day­light, so saints are distin­guished from or­di­nary mor­tals by the an­niver­saries they keep. The date of their death rather than birth is com­mem­o­rated. With death . . . they grad­u­ate to their true call­ing.’

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