Saint Nicholas - Patron Saint

Our Holy Father Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

December 6

This Saint lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, and reposed in 330. As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for many.

He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth.

He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not out of passion, but out of extreme love and piety.

The Apolytikion for Holy Hierarchs, "The truth of things has revealed you to your flock ..." was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travelers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the best known and loved Saints of all time.

Reading courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA.

Apolytikion of Saint Nicholas

Fourth Tone

"A model of faith and the image of gentleness, the example of your life has

shown you forth to your sheep-fold to be a master of temperance. You

obtained thus through being lowly, gifts from on high, and riches through

poverty. Nicholas, our father and priest of priests, intercede with Christ

our God that He may save our souls."

Kontakion of Saint Nicholas

Third Tone

Saintly One, (St. Nicholas) in Myra you proved yourself a priest;

for in fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, venerable One,

you laid down your life for your people and saved the innocent from death.

For this you were sanctified as One learned in divine grace.

Apolytikion and Kontakion courtesy of Holy Cross Press, Brookline, MA