December 11 – Nicon the Dry; Pope Damasus I

Nicon the Dry (d. ca. 1101), of noble Kievan stock, monastitized at the Monastery of the Caves, whence he and (St.) Eustratius were kidnapped for ransom by the Cumans (Polovtsy). A compassionate Kievan with some spare change went down to Cumanland to spring them, but Nicon said, “Nah, I’m good.” The rich man shrugged, redeemed… Continue reading December 11 – Nicon the Dry; Pope Damasus I