St. Nicholas Day – Christmas is Coming

Icon of St. Nicholas from Ferapontov Monastery, Russia

Icon of St. Nicholas from Ferapontov Monastery, Russia

Today the Church prays:

Holy Nicolas, sacred herald of Christ, you are a great and fervent helper for those in dangers, those on land and those who sail, those far off and those nearby, a most compassionate and mighty intercessor. Therefore assembled together we cry, ‘Intercede to the Lord that we may be rescued from every calamity’.

With what garlands of praise may I bind the brow of the High Priest? In body he was in Myra, in spirit he comes to all who sincerely love him; the comfort of the afflicted, refuge of all in dangers, tower of true religion, champion of the faithful; the one through whom the arrogance of the ill-intentioned was cast down by Christ who has great mercy.

With what harmonious songs may we praise the High Priest? Opponent of impiety, champion of orthodoxy; defender of the Church; the great warrior and teacher; the one who put to shame all the heretics; the destroyer of Arius and fervent fighter; the one through whom the arrogance of the ill-intentioned was cast down by Christ who has great mercy.

With what prophetic songs may we praise the High Priest? who saw beforehand things far off, and proclaimed them clearly in advance, describing them as though present; rescuing all those unjustly treated; appearing in a dream to the King, inspired by God, and delivering from unjust slaughter those before in chains, enriching them with God’s great mercy.

And we also hear today:

Cave, make ready; for the Ewe-lamb has come, bearing Christ in her womb. Manger, receive the One who by a word frees us who are born of earth from irrational action. Shepherds abiding in the fields, bear witness to the fearful wonder; and Magi from Persia, offer gold, frankincense and myrrh to the King; because the Lord has appeared from a Virgin Mother. Bowing low like a slave his Mother worshipped him, and cried out to the One in her arms, ‘How were you sown in me, or how did you grow within me, my Redeemer and my God?’

An Akathist to St. Nicholas can also be prayed at any time of the year. More on St. Nicholas can be found here.

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