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St. NicholasSt. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker

St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, received the power of miracles from God and for this reason is called "the Wonderworker". Also, St. Nicholas was known for this works of charity.

Biography

6 December - St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lucia (Lycia in Enlgish), the Wonderworker was born in Asia-Minor. St. Nicholas is said to bring back to life three children who had been killed by a butcher and were to be sold as salted meat.

While a youth, St. Nicholas saved three young girls from being sold into slavery by their penniless father. Through their window, St. Nicholas secretly tossed enough money for their marriage dowry. St. Nicholas used his money to help people.

St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker died in the middle of the 4th century.

Patron

St. Nicholas Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker is the patron of Byzantine Catholics.

Gift Giver

St Nicholas is the traditional holiday gift giver in Eastern and Western countries because of his miracles and charity. In the United States of America, St. Nicholas was transformed into "Santa Claus". English speaking Americans Anglicized the German and Dutch pronunciation of "St Nicholas" and secularized his red bishop's robes.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

26 Nov. - 24 Dec., at every Sunday and feast-day liturgy.

Kontakion of the Preparation (Tone 3)
Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth to the Eternal Word of God in an ineffable manner. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear this news, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds Him who shall appear as a newborn Babe, being God from all eternity.

St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, the Wonderworker

Troparion (TONE 4)
O Father and pontiff Nicholas, the holiness of your life was set before your flock as a rule of faith, an example of meekness and a teaching of temperance: wherefore you acquired greatness through humility and spiritual wealth through poverty. Pray to Christ God that He may save our souls.

Prayer

May our Holy Father Nicholas always intercede with the Lord for our salvation!

More information

St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

Ikon

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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