Saint Nicholas and the Three Children


Paris, France
ca 1485
Manuscript on vellum, illuminated with gold
Page 4 5/8 × 6 1/2 inches
Illumination 1 1/2 × 1 11/16 inches

Leaf from an illuminated French Book of Hours

Translation of Latin text:
Through Christ they will be freed from tribulations.
Of St. Nicholas, Bishop.

Nicholas, the friend of God, adorned by a priestly [mitre],
showed himself loving to all.
V: . Blessed Nicholas, pray for us.
R: . That we may be made worthy of
the promises of Christ: Let us pray.
Prayer: . O God, who [adorned] blessed Bishop Nicholas, your priest,
[with countless miracles] . . . .