May 17. Nikolaos new Martyr Metsovo biography.
The New Martyr Nikolaos, was born to poor but faithful parents at the end of the 16th century in Metsovo, Ipiros.
When he was young, he went to Trikala, Thessaly, where he worked in a Turkish bakery. There he was forced to become a muslim.
Upon his return to Metsovo, Nikolaos led a Christian life. However, poverty and the difficult living conditions forced him to go to Trikala again to sell pine wood. There he was seen by a Turkish barber with whom Nikolaos had made an agreement to give him a load of pine wood every year so that he would not betray him to the Turkish authorities for denying to become muslim. Upon returning to Metsovo, Nikolaos made his final decision never again to compromise on matters of faith and if necessary, even to sacrifice his own life.
Haring received the blessing of his spintual father, Nikolaos once again went to Trikala. This time to bear «the testimory of Jesus Christ» (Apoc. 1,2). There he was arrested by the Turks and condemned with the crarge of having denied to become a muslim. When he was threatened by the Turks, he answered: I was born a christian, I am a christian and I wish to die as a christian. The Turkish court finally condemned him to death by burning. Thus, Nikolaos was burnt by fire on 17th May, 1617 in the central market of Trikala.
Nikolaos᾿ skull, which was miraculously preserved, was dedicated to the Holy Monastery of Varlaam at Meteora. To this day, it gives off a sweet fragrance aud performs miracles.