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Saint Nicholas Song

Song tells the story of Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas in Chapel

Saint Nicholas visits chapel service at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

Photo: Wesley Theological Seminary

Thankful Bishop Nicholas,
friendly good and wise,
when he could he helped the poor,
always by surprise.
Rich folk came to Nicholas,
Bringing wealth to share,
so it could be sent to those living in despair.

Three maidens husbands could not find,
their father was so poor;
No dowry was available, to tempt a suitor's lore.
Word came to youthful Nicholas,
who acted in good taste,
In darkness threw three bags of gold,
retreating in great haste.

Zealous Bishop Nicholas,
born in Pa-tar-a,
Was the Bishop of My-ra
in times of great trial.
Who suffered prison for his faith,
Through torture still held firm,
Released by Constantine the Great,
to My-ra he returned.

Holy Bishop Nicholas,
The sailors patron saint,
saved the storm-tossed mariners
from a salty fate.
Who at Nicea formed the creed
but jail became his fate,
He punched a pastor in the jaw,
so heated the debate.

Patron Saint of children,
Saint Nicholas did become,
giving gifts at Christmas time,
a special act of love.
His style was different from his peers,
as they would often see,
"Give to the truley needy ones
with a-non-ym-i-tee."

Gentle Bishop Nicholas,
friendly good and wise,
When he could he helped the poor,
always by surprise.
We too must always seek to share,
our means with those in need,
God help us imitate this saint,
on Advent winter eves.


Text: Stanzas 2-6 © Diedra Kriewald 2000
Stanza 1: Mike Sherer
Tune: TRADITIONAL Jolly Old St. Nicholas


Musical notation PDF

By the Rev. Dr. Diedra Kriewald for St. Nicholas chapel service at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC. Used by permission.

Mp3 file courtesy of Jennifer Wolfe and the Hope College Music Department.
Audio player from 1pixelout, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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