More details from the life of St. Nicholas not included in the main post (taken from http://www.hismercy.ca/content/ebooks/The.Life.of.St.Nicholas.the.Wonderworker.pdf)
confession of Christ and to suffer eagerly for the truth.
appearance of His Cross to Constantine the Great, to whom He was pleased to entrust the kingdom of Rome, the Lord God "raised up a horn of salvation" for His people. The Emperor Constantine, recognizing the One God and placing all his hope in Him, conquered all his enemies by the power of the precious Cross and ordered all temples of idols to be destroyed and Christian temples to be restored, and dispelled the vain hopes of his predecessors. He liberated all confined in prisons for Christ, and honoring them with great praises as courageous warriors, returned these confessors of Christ each to his fatherland.