|1/16/2013 11:35:00 AM|
Saint comes alive during his feast
Paulist Father Jim Kolb's resemblance of St. Nicholas is part nature, part nurture. The wide open Germanic face came from DNA. But the full white beard is something he has built up over the years. Same goes for the witty and jolly temperament.
Father Kolb, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Portland, has put his saintly likeness to good use over years, presiding at an annual vespers on the saint's feast day. Dressed as the 4th-century bishop, he preaches about St. Nick's life, strong beliefs, good works and leadership. The message always has a bearing on today's church and world.
There is scripture and the priest reads from the writings attributed to St. Nicholas. The choir sings moving Advent selections, getting the congregation to sing along. Bells ring and a sit-down dinner follows.
Father Kolb, as St. Nicholas, also hands out candy to marveling youngsters.