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Blessing of Candy Canes
Prayer to St. Nicholas as Patron Saint

Sixteen prayers for use with children gathered from a wide variety of sources.

French St Nicholas
Saint-Nicolas Postcard, France
St Nicholas Center Collection
God of joy and cheer,
    we thank you for your servant,
    the good bishop Nicholas.
In loving the poor,
    he showed us your kindness;
in caring for your children,
    he revealed your love.
Make us thoughtful
    without need of reward
    so that we, too, may be good followers of Jesus.
From All Through the Day, All Through the Year: Family Prayers and Celebrations, by David B. Batchelder, illustrated by Barbara Knutson, copyright © 2000 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. Purchase from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you.

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St Nicholas
Image: Catholic Greetings Used by permission

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. Amen.

From Catholic Greetings, used by permission.

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St Nicholas stained glass drawing
Bookmark/Holy Card
St. Nicholas Church, Aurora
St Nicholas Center Collection

A Prayer for Children

God, we pray that through the
intercessions of St. Nicholas
you will guide and protect our children.
Keep them safe from all harm
and help them grow to become
loving disciples of Jesus in your sight.
Give them strength to always mature
into deeper faith in you,
and to keep alive joy in your creation.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

—by Father David R. Engbarth, St. Nicholas Church, Aurora, Illinois

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Nicholas is a saint surrounded with stories. Most of these are about his generosity and the wonders that sprang up all around him. He is one of the mysterious gift-givers who hover around the season, a remote ancestor of Santa Claus. Often he places small gifts in shoes left just outside the door. Nicholas lived in Asia about 300 years after Jesus.

Lord, you make this day special
with the memory of the good bishop Nicholas.
He praised you in all the wonders he worked,
he thanked you in all the gifts he shared with the poor.
May we have ears like Saint Nicholas to hear when any are in need,
and hands always ready to help and share.
Blessed are you, 0 Lord, in all your saints.

From A Book of Family Prayer, by Gabe Huck, copyright © 1979 Seabury Press. Purchase from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you.

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Wood block from Little Saints Toy Co

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Nicholas of Myra booklet

St. Nicholas Prayer

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.

          —by Amy Welborn

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St Nicholas statue, clementines
Photo: C Myers
St Nicholas Center

Blessing of Oranges or Clementines*

Loving God,
you ask us to show kindness and care to everyone.
Thank you for good Saint Nicholas
who shows us how to give gifts and care to others,
especially children.
Bless these oranges
that they may remind us of Saint Nicholas’ gifts to people in need.
Help us to love and care, like Saint Nicholas, for those who need help
and children everywhere.
Amen

*Clementines are good to use as they are small, sweet, usually seedless, and peel easily.

Adapted from Blessings and Prayers through the Year: A Resource for School, Parish, and Home, by Elizabeth McMahon Jeep, copyright © 2004 Liturgy Training Publications. Purchase from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you. This rich, comprehensive resource includes all the major days and seasons of the church year and a number of saints. Comes with two music CDs.

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Prayer to Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas, faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, example of Christian love, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, helper of the poor and needy, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, champion of orphans and widows, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, protector of those who sail at sea, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, defender of the true faith, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, patron of children around the world, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, secret giver of gifts, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, the great wonderworker, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas, our friend in Heaven, pray for us.
Amen.

From Santa’s Secret Story by Cornelia Mary Bilinsky, 2009, Pauline Books & Media. Used by permission. A picture book for young children. Purchase from Pauline Books & Media.

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Dear God,
Help us be sensitive to the feelings of others.
When we play or when we’re at work or when we’re just home together,
help us not to say or do things—even in fun—that might cause pain.
Give us compassionate hearts, hearts like that of Nicholas—
hearts that hurt when someone else is hurting.
And give us hands that reach out to help.
Amen.
From Early Saints of God by Bob Hartman, copyright 1998 Augsburg Fortress. The book has stories of fifteen saints, each with a prayer and suggestions for conversation.Purchase from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you.

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Thanksgiving

Reader: For the gift of each person here.
All: We give thanks.
Reader: For the capacity to care for and to share with those in need.
All: We give thanks.
Reader: For a holiday season of joy, hope, and peace.
All: We give thanks.

From Blessings for God’s People by Thomas G. Simons, p. 44, Ave Maria Press. Used by permission.

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Gracious and good Lord,
we bless you on this feast of St. Nicholas, your servant,
who is an example to us of a life of charity and love.
May we see in his life an invitation to imitate his good deeds.
Make us always mindful of the needs of others
and help us rejoice in the abundance of your goodness around us.
Through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

From Blessings for God’s People by Thomas G. Simons, p. 44, Ave Maria Press. Used by permission.

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Nicholas, give me the spirit of giving.
Teach me that it really is
more blessed to give than to receive,
and that to whom much has been given
much will be expected.
Help me to overcome my fears
that if I give generously
I will suffer want.
From The Way of the Saints: Prayers, Practices, and Meditations by Tom Cowan, copyright © 1998 by Tom Cowan. Used by permission of G. P Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.
Purchase this fine anthology with a short biography, prayer, and practice for more than 200 saints from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you
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O Saint of love,
          be a guide for us
          in our lives, we pray,
     that we may
          create joy for each other,
          as you have done for so many.

From St. Nikola an der Donau, Austria

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Prayer Card
Prayer card from Creative Communications for the Parish
God our Father, we pray
that through the intercession of St. Nicholas,
you will protect our children.
Keep them safe from harm
and help them grow
and become worthy in your sight.
Give them strength
to keep their faith in you;
and keep alive their joy
in your creation.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We call upon your mercy, O Lord.
Through the intercession of St. Nicholas,
keep us safe amid all dangers
so that we may go forward without hindrance
on the road of salvation. Amen.
From Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the Domestic Church by Catherine and Peter Fournier, p. 38,39. Copyright © 2000 Ignatius Press. Used by permission. Purchase from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you.

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God,
Who didst grace the Blessed Nicholas
as protector of imperiled innocence whilst he lived,
and after his death by countless miracles,
grant that by his merits
we may be freed from perversion of justice while alive
and from the fires of Gehenna after death. Amen.

Let your continual mercy, O Lord,
enkindle in your church the never failing gift of charity,
that, following your example of your servant Nicholas of Myra
and aided by his prayers,
we may have grace to deal in generosity and love with children
and all who are poor and distressed,
and to uphold the cause of those who have no help;
for the sake of him who gave his life for us,
your son our Savior Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.

From Domestic Church

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Prayer Card
Forest of Peace prayer card St Nicholas Center Collection
St. Nicholas, holy patron of children,
saintly and generous bishop,
inspire us to give gifts
of ourselves and our time.
Give us your blessing
so that we might fill with sincerity
each greeting we speak and send.

Smiling saint of sweets and toys,
help us stay youthful and mirthful,
playful and joyful
so that we can celebrate
every day as Christmas.

Patron saint of generosity,
arouse us to an evergreen extravagance
in loving and in giving gifts
to those we love and to the poor.
Patron of the unthanked,
who always slips away
before you can be thanked,
incite us to be like you.

Copyright © Forest of Peace Publishing. Used by permission.

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St Nicholas in pink and gold
Illustration from Prayers to My Favorite Saints
Saint Nicholas,
    you were a kind and generous man
    and a special friend of children.
I pray that I may always show my gratitude
    to people who are good to me.
May I return their kindness with love
    and may I never hesitate
    to share their care with others.
From Prayers to My Favorite Saints: Part 1, by Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D., copyright © 2002 Catholic Book Publishing Co., Towata, N.J. Used by permission.
Purchase from Catholic Book Publishing. The book has sixteen simple prayers with a bit about each saint.

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St. Nicholas,
holy patron of children, Bishop of the East,
we invite you to come among us
and to grant us your holy blessing.
Help us in this busy, busy season not to miss
the miracle of the coming of Emmanuel
in the days of preparation
as well as on the feast itself.
Help us not to be blind
to the gifts of getting ready.
Protect us from insincerity.
May every greeting we send
be signed with love, friendship and prayer.
May our greetings, so written,
be fun to open and treasures to keep.
Save us all from the anxiety over what to give
so we may concentrate on how to give.
But most of all, jolly saint of toys and sweets,
help us stay youthful,
humorous, playful and dream-filled
as we prepare together
for the coming of the Christ.
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From Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home by Edward Hays, copyright © 1989 (revised). Used by permission. Purchase from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you.

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Dear God,
thank you for Saint Nicholas.
Let us always give the gift of kindness
to others, as he did.
Thank you for the gifts of love we receive
from our families and friends.
Amen.
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From Saints Alive: Stories and Activities for Young Children by Gayle Schreiber, Twenty-Third Publications, copyright © 1996. Used by permission. Purchase from amazon.com, amazon.ca or amazon.uk and help support stnicholascenter.org; thank you.

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Prayer to St. Nicholas

O good St. Nicholas,
you who are the joy of the children,
put in my heart the spirit of childhood,
which the gospel speaks,
and teach me to seed happiness around me.
You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas,
open my faith to the mystery
of God made man.

You, good bishop and shepherd,
help me to find my place in the Church
and inspire the Church to be faithful to the gospel.

O good Saint Nicholas,
patron of children, sailors and the helpless,
watch over those who pray to Jesus,
your Lord and theirs,
as well as over those who humble themselves before you.
Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem,
when true joy and peace are found.
Amen.

Source unknown

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St. Nicholas Prayer

St. Nicholas,
so kind and good,
please pray for us today,
that we may always
live for God
in all we do and say.

Please pray that we
may care for those
whom others might ignore,
and show God’s love
to everyone,
especially the poor.

Prayer poem © by Sarah M. Menkin
Used by permission

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Prayer to Saint Nicholas

O good Saint Nicholas,
who brings joy to children,
put in my heart the spirit of childhood,
of which the Gospel speaks
and teach me to sow happiness around me.
You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas,
open my faith to the mystery of God made man.
You, bishop and pastor,
help me to find my place in the Church.
O good Saint Nicholas,
patron of this parish,
watch over all who come to this church
to pray to Jesus,
your Lord and theirs, and also,
on those whom I humbly entrust to you today.
Amen.

From an unknown French parish

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Prayer to Saint Nicholas
for a Sick Child

Saint Nicholas, who like the Savior,
loved children so tenderly and gave generously to those in need,
listen to us who plead for this sick child
who is so dear to our hearts.

We thank God for the great gift of __________________
and we pray that he relieve this child of pain
and free him/her from suffering.
Obtain strength when he/she is weary,
hope when discouraged,
and joy when downhearted.
May the Lord, thorough your intercession,
restore perfect health if such be his divine will.

These favors, we beg of you through your love for all children. Amen.

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St. Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes

Prayer to St. Nicholas as your Patron Saint

Link

3-Minute St Nicholas Retreat from Loyola Press

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