An Order for the Eve of the Nativity of Saint Nicholas

The Feast of the Nativity of Saint Nicholas is widely observed in Russia and Ukraine. The feast day is July 29 or August 11 on the Julian Calendar.
Nicholas birth
Scene of Nicholas’ birth from a Russian hagiographic icon
St. Nicholas Center Collection

Entrance Hymn

Look he comes, the one expected

Welcome

Collect for St Nicholas

Heavenly Father,
shepherd of your people,
we thank you for your servant Nicholas,
who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock;
and we pray that,
following his example
and the teaching of his holy life,
we may by your grace
grow into the full stature
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Psalm

Psalm 67

Reading

Ecclesiasticus 44

Hymn

Good Saint Nicholas of Myra

Gospel Reading

Mark 10.13-16

Brief Homily

Hymn

Saint Nicholas the children’s friend

A Litany of Saint Nicholas

Bishop of Myra — Saint in Bari
O God, Creator of heaven and earth
Have mercy on us
O God, Redeemer of the world
Have mercy on us
O God, Sanctifier of the faithful
Have mercy on us

O Christ hear us
O Christ hear us
Blessed Nicholas
Holy Bishop of Myra
Holy Saint in Bari
Pray with us

Patron of children and seafarers
Gift-giver and Wonder-Worker
Friend of the poor and needy
Patron of Palestine’s freedom
Model of meekness and charity
Defender of the Christian Faith
Myrrh of the fragrance of Christ
Help of those who suffer wrong
Faithful steward of the mysteries of God
Guide of the penitent sinner
Source of joy and thanksgiving
Saint who points us to the Manger
Pray with us
Jesus Lamb of God
Have mercy on us
Jesus bearer of our sins
Have mercy on us
Jesus Redeemer of the world
Grant us your peace

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy
Grant that we, aided by the prayers of St Nicholas and all the saints,
may be strengthened on our earthly pilgrimage
to live and work for the praise and glory of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and in our service to God’s people and God’s whole creation.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Anointing or Sprinkling St. Nicholas Manna

from the Shrine in Bari

Hymn

Blest Mary shelters in the cave

Benediction


From J M Rosenthal, St Nicholas Society, used by permission.

Lutheran collect from Festivals and Commemorations: Handbook to the Calendar in Lutheran Book of Worship by Philip H. Pfatteicher, copyright © 1980, Augsburg Publishing House, p. 444. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

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