St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra + December 6
The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, a model of meekness, and a teacher of temperance. Therefore thou hast won the heights by humility, riches by poverty. Holy Father Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.
+Troparion, Tone 4
Thou wast a faithful minister of God in Myra, O Saint Nicholas. For having fulfilled the Gospel of Christ, thou didst die for the people and save the innocent. Therefore thou wast sanctified as a great initiator of the grace of God.
+Kontakion, Tone 3
On December 6, we celebrate St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the fourth-century archbishop of Myra in Lycia (on the southern coast of modern-day Turkey). None of his writings is extant, but his examples of Christian generosity, virtue and love endure to this day. St. Nicholas is the living embodiment of the words "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). He is also the patron and protector of two cathedrals – Brooklyn and Los Angeles – in our Archdiocese.
- The Feast of St. Nicholas by Fr. Thomas Hopko
- The Holy Hierarch Nicholas by Ginny Nieuwsma
- Listen to The Life and Miracles of St. Nicholas on Ancient Faith Radio, read by Dr. Chrissi Hart
- For service texts commemorating St. Nicholas, please see the Online Liturgical Guide
- For more resources regarding the Nativity season, please visit our Nativity section