Nicholas Helped Free 3 Innocent Roman Soldiers
After three Roman military officers, Nepotianus, Ursus, and Eupoleonis, met Nicholas in Myra and witnessed his bravery, boldness and sharp sense of justice for defending the innocent and stopping a wrongful beheading, the Roman officers returned to Constantinople only to be imprisoned themselves on trumped up charges. For their supposed treason they would be executed in the morning." The officers called out to the God of Nicholas of Myra to spare their lives. That night, Nicholas appeared in a vision to the slumbering Emperor Constantine, chided the Emperor for his rash judgment, and demanded the release of Nepotianus, Ursus and Eupoleonis.
At first, the frightened Emperor accused the officers of magic. Then the Emperor asked the officers if they knew anyone named "Nicholas." Overjoyed at the mention of the name, they related what they had seen in Myra and how they had called out to the God of Nicholas in their distress. Constantine perceived the hand of Almighty Providence at work, repented of his ignorance and arrogance, and released the prisoners. In humble gratitude to God, the men shaved their heads and donned the simple garments of pilgrims, then made their way back to Myra with gifts of gold, silver, and costly clothing to thank God and venerate the blessed Nicholas.