Nicholas ashamed of his outburst, prayed for forgiveness, though he did not waver in his belief that Arias was wrong. Jesus and Mary appeared to Nicholas that night, Jesus gave him gave the Holy Scriptures to study and Mary provided bishop's garments, including a stole, so Nicholas would be dressed with proper dignity in the robes of his office. In the morning the jailer found the chains loose on the floor and Nicholas, dressed in bishop's robes, quietly reading the Scriptures. When this was reported to Constantine, the emperor asked that Nicholas be freed and he was fully reinstated as Bishop of Myra. The Council went further and agreed with Nicholas' views, deciding the question against Arias. The work of the Council produced the Nicaene Creed which to this day Christians use when they stand and say what they believe.

Nicholas died on December 6 in 343 A.D.

In the eyes of the Church, a saint is someone who has lived such a holy life that, after dying and going to heaven, he or she is still able to help people on earth. They often become a patron to different groups of people - one such group was children and many legends sprang up to explain the presence of Nicholas in events after his death.

By 450 A.D., churches in Asia Minor and Greece were being named in honor of him. By 800 A.D., he was officially recognized as a saint by the Eastern Catholic Church. In 987 A.D. Grand Prince Vladimir I brought Saint Nicholas to Russia, where he remains one of the most popular Saints. It was 1087 A.D. when the bones of Saint Nicholas were moved to Bari, Italy and he was offically recognized by the Catholic Church