A prayer to St. Nicholas — UPDATED

Good St Nicholas,
Help us prepare for the miracle of the coming of Jesus.
Help us not to be blind to the gifts of getting ready.
Help us be sincere in the greetings we send and receive, with love and prayer.

Kind St. Nicholas, protect us from shoppers’ fatigue, stress, overspending, yet help us to be kind and generous of heart to all, especially those who are alone, poor and fearful.

May our celebration of your feast lead others to see the true meaning of giving and receiving and to guide all people to the greatest of all gifts:  Jesus Christ, prince of peace and child of Mary, Our Lord and only saviour.

– From the St. Nicholas Society

Check out other prayers and devotions to the saint, whose feast is today.

UPDATE: There’s more on St. Nicholas and the cult surrounding him over at ONE-TO-ONE:

Before the Communists suppressed the Orthodox Church in Russia, St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker virtually dominated the popular piety of the nation. Countless churches were dedicated to him. Russian men, from the exalted tsar to the humblest peasant, honored him as their patron. A pious peasant asked to identify the Holy Trinity would, more often than not, mutter the names of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker. Icons of this trinity, enshrined in every Russian home, reinforced this understanding.

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Comments

  1. In our hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St Nicholas the bishop told us that if you exclude holy icons of the Mother of God and of Christ God then the most numerous icons in our Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches are those of St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra. We have three, which I think agrees with what the bishop said, outnumbering all but the Theotokos and Christ. We have holy icons of Hierarch Father Nicholas on our iconostasis, and on the wall next to our confession analogion, and in the hallway leading from our temple. We may have additional icons of him elsewhere that I’m not aware of, perhaps in our side chapel.

    That photo of someone apparently dressed as a bishop of the Latin Church is as much of an anachronism as the Santa of popular advertising including the Coca-Cola Santa.

    Exapostilarion: Guardian of widows and orphaned ones, and feeder of the hungry, enricher of all the poor, and deliverer of captives, the savior of seafarers, art thou, O greatly blessed and most wise Nicholas.
    Troparion:
    In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,
    an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence;
    your humility exalted you;
    your poverty enriched you.
    Hierarch Father Nicholas,
    entreat Christ our God
    that our souls may be saved.
    Kontakion:
    You revealed yourself, O saint, in Myra as a priest,
    For you fulfilled the Gospel of Christ
    By giving up your soul for your people,
    And saving the innocent from death.
    Therefore you are blessed as one become wise in the grace of God.

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