Novena to Saint Nicholas

A novena is a special prayer to be offered on nine consecutive days or a cycle of prayers for the nine days. Say the novena to St. Nicholas once a day for nine days, beginning on 28 November until 6 December, the Feast of St. Nicholas.

Cathedral Church of St Mary, Limerick, Ireland
Photo: Dermot Hurley, used by permission

Daily Devotions November 28 - December 6
Intention: Children of the world

Nine days of prayer - repeat every day

Intercessions and free prayers announce the concerns to be prayed for at this novena.

Loving God, We thank you for the example of Saint Nicholas, who fed the hungry, brought hope to the imprisoned, gave comfort to the lost, and taught the truth of Christ to all. May we strive to imitate him by putting you first in all we do. Give us the courage, love, and strength of our saint, so that like him, being aided by his prayers, may serve you through loving our brothers and sisters. In Christ Jesus we pray. Amen

BLESSED NICHOLAS, victorious saint,
Teach us to love and care for all in need;
Holy Bishop, servant of Christ, join in our prayer,
Enliven us with a spirit of generosity, joy, justice and peace,
As we seek to serve God’s world today Amen.

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day, We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

Day 1

God Our Father we pray,
That through the intercession of
SAINT Nicholas,
You will protect our children.
Keep them safe from harm,
And help them grow,
And become worthy of Your sight.
Give them strength,
To keep their Faith in You,
And to keep alive their joy,
In Your creation. In Jesus’ name

Day 2

We cry out to you God of all, we cry out to you for help. In your mercy, hear our prayer. Protect us, Lord, and be with us especially those of us most vulnerable during this coronavirus crisis. Move us to reach out in love to our neighbours near and far. So that the humble may be exalted, the hungry filled with good things. Grant us the courage not to rush back to our old ways, but to rebuild our world together creating foundations of justice, with equality and peace for all. Amen.
—Catherine Gorman/CAFOD/COVID19

Day 3

Saint Nicholas is the patron of travelers, and we pray to him for deliverance from floods, poverty, or any misfortunes. He has promised to help those who remember his parents, Theophanes and Nonna. Saint Nicholas is also commemorated on May 9 (The transfer of his relics) and on July 29 (his nativity). Main commemoration: 6th December

Day 4

O man of God,
O faithful servant,
O minister of the Lord,
you are a chosen vessel filled with desire for God.
O pillar and foundation of the Church,
you are an heir of the Kingdom.
O holy father Nicholas,
pray to the Lord for us.
—Orthodox prayer

Day 5

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
—I Corinthians 13

Day 6

Now bless us on the sea of life,
As we against all deadly strife
Live out our lives courageously
At home, at work and on the sea:
O wonderworker and our friend
Your blessing to us now extend.
—St Nicholas Society

Day 7

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
—Anglican Advent I Collect

Day 8

The truth of thy deeds
hath revealed thee to thy flock
as a canon of faith,
an icon of meekness and gentleness
and a teacher of abstinence;
for this cause thou hast achieved the heights
by humility, riches by poverty,
O Father and Hierarch Nicholas,
intercede with Christ God
that our souls may be saved.
—Orthodox Troparion

Day 9 - Feast of St Nicholas

NICHOLAS, who leads us to Bethlehem

Loving God, we thank You for the example
Of St. Nicholas, who fed the hungry,
brought hope to the imprisoned,
gave comfort to the lost,
and taught the truth to all.
May we strive to imitate him
by putting You first in all we do.
Give us the courage, love and strength
of St. Nicholas, so that, like him, we may serve
you through loving our brothers and sisters. Amen
—Amy Welborn

St. Nicholas, O good holy Nicholas,
you who brought joy to children,
put in my heart the spirit of childhood
about which the Gospel speaks.
Teach me how to sow
happiness around me.
—from Catholic Greetings

Saint Nicholas of Myra, pray for us
Saint in Bari, pray for us

Hymn for the Novena
Saint Nicholas the children’s friend

By J M Rosenthal, St. Nicholas Society, England

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