Simple St. Nicholas Name Day Liturgy

St Nicholas with symbols
Illustration from My Nameday
St Nicholas Center Collection

Opening Psalm


Praise God in his holy temple;
praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts;
praise him for his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the blast of the ram's-horn;
praise him with lyre and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe.
Praise him with resounding cymbals;
praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord.

Collect for St. Nicholas*

Almighty God, lover of souls,
who chose your servant Nicholas
to be a bishop in the Church,
that he might give freely out of the treasures of your grace:
make us mindful of the needs of others
and, as we have received, so teach us also to give;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Blessed Nicholas,
whose name N— is proud to bear,
always pray to God for him/her.
Confirm him/her in the faith.
Strengthen him/her in virtue.
Defend him/her in all adversity
that he/she may obtain eternal glory.

More about Name Day Celebrations

* Anglican collect from Common Worship, President's Edition, copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000, The Church of England

Adapted from My Nameday: Come for Dessert by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1962. The book has many ideas for celebrating Name Days, especially with children. 
Purchase from, or Text available online here, but difficult to read.

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