Preserve Croatian Heritage Foundation

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Annual St. Nicholas Candlelight Prayer Service
St. Nicholas Church Historic Site
The prayer service is held every year on St. Nicholas Day on the site of the former Croatian St. Nicholas Church. Votive candles form luminarias on the seating area around the brass ring marking the exact spot where the church's sanctuary once stood. The service includes several short Bible readings, the joyful Mystery of the Rosary, and the singing of a couple Christmas carols in Croatian and English accompanied by guitar. St. Nicholas is present to wave at passing motorists, reminding them of St. Nicholas Day. It is a solemn service paying tribute to the church's patron saint and keeping the St. Nicholas Church tradition alive.