Nicholas of Myra

Painting by unknown European master
Saint Nicholas
18th century
St Nicholas Center Collection
Wonderworker, friend of children,
    sailors hail the name;
Nicholas, the victor glorious,
    help us learn the way
To be instruments of care,
    our lives declare
    your faith and prayer.
Helping poor, restoring goodness,
    first to reconcile;
"Nicholas," the people clamour,
    "never leave our side,
Yours the mighty deeds,
    the gifts, the works of love,
    O wondrous bliss."
Gracious saint, our friend and brother,
    strong in zeal and power,
Now we celebrate with wonder,
    all that you have done,
Still your fame and story blend,
    as you befriend,
    to give us joy.
And at Christmas blessed Nicholas
    help us see the way,
to reach Bethlehem with gladness,
    and in awe adore
that with you we may fulfill
    God's holy will
    and love yet more.

Text: J M Rosenthal
Tune: Guiting Power 85 85 79

Guiting Power is in Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern and Church Hymnary Fourth Edition, #398;, and nine other hymnals.

Copyright © 2006 J M Rosenthal, used by permission

Written for the cast and crew of Nicholas of Myra, following a visit to Wonderworker Studio.

Mp3 file courtesy of Jennifer Wolfe and the Hope College Music Department.

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