Rescue of Basilios
Several centuries after his death, the townspeople of Myra were celebrating his feast day when a band of Arab pirates from Crete attacked the town, sacked its treasures and snatched prisoners to sell as slaves.
One captured youngster, Basilios, ended up as the personal cupbearer to the Emir, bringing his wine in a beautiful golden cup.
For Basilios' parents, who were devastated at the loss of their only child, the year passed slowly, filled with grief.
As St. Nicholas Day approached, his mother refused to join in the festivities. Instead, she went to church and prayed for her little boy. Far away, as Basilios was serving the Emir, he was suddenly whisked up and away. St. Nicholas appeared to the terrified boy, blessed him, and set him down at his home back in Myra.
The legend says that Basilios materialized in front of his praying mother, still holding the Emir's golden cup.