St. Stefan of Decani

Hymn of Praise

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

St. Nicholas healing Stefan's sight
St. Nicholas restoring sight to Stefan Decani
Fresco, Decani Monastery
On the Field of Sheep, the blind Stefan sleeps
And in a dream, endures misfortune without peace.
His body shivering, his eyes bloody,
Than such a life, death is surely better.
At that moment, in a dream a man appeared to him,
In heavenly glow, in heavenly glory.
"Nicholas I am, of Myra in Lycia," said he,
"And, one of those whom God chooses, you are.
Into my right hand, O Stefan, look,
Behold are your eyes, preserved in it!
Without eyes you are, the eyes are with me,
To you I will give them, when the Lord wants."
Five years passed and Stefan in darkness
A strong hope has, a strong faith has:
"To me, Nicholas will come once more, With God's help; help me, he will."
Thus did Stefan, once think in the church,
And to the beloved saint, with tears, he prayed.
And while in the chair standing, in a dream, he fell,
But behold, St. Nicholas again to him came!
Two eyes of the king in his right palm:
"Behold," said he, "to you, O king the day dawned!
In the name of the Lord Who, to the blind, gives sight
Look and cry out: To God be glory!"
And the blind eyes, the saint touched
And darkness from the eyes as a curtain is drawn.

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The story of Stefan and St. Nicholas

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