Come Out!

Expelling a demon
Detail: The Life & Miracles of Saint Nicholas
Artist: Alexander Boguslawski

As Bishop Nicholas went about the countryside, by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was able to cast out demons and heal people of various ailments. In his left hand, he carried the Book of the Gospels, freeing his right hand to give a blessing as he called upon God to free this man from torment.

The written accounts of Saint Nicholas tell of many times when demons were expelled, sometimes from one person, other times several at once. Scenes like this one are frequently shown on icons, representing the many people relieved of demons that fled under the power of prayer.

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