St. Nicholas stands out in the Church as a “model of faith and an example of virtue”. St. Nicholas was the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia in the fourth century. He is called the Wonder-Worker.
In the icon, St. Nicholas is shown with his right hand raised in blessing and his left hand clasping a scroll. As Bishop, he blesses his people in the name of Christ and brings the Word of Truth to them. The icon encloses the image of Christ holding the Gospel Book on one side of the Saint and the Theotokos holding the Bishop’s omophorion on the other side. It is common for events from the lives of the Saints to be shown in their icons. In a vision prior to his election as Bishop, Nicholas beheld Christ handing him the Book of Gospels, and the Theotokos placing the omophorion on his shoulders. 1
1 Come Bless The Lord, GOD WITH US, Catechetical Series, 1976.