Protected by your prayers
These hymns were composed for the Centenary of the Miracle of St Nicholas at the Darr Mine, December 19, 1907. Two to three hundred lives were spared, as faithful Carpatho-Rusyn men and boys were at Divine Liturgy on the Feast of St. Nicholas when the Darr Mine exploded. 239 lives were lost in the Pennsylvania’s worst mining disaster.
Protected by your prayers, O Holy Father Nicholas*
we children of those saved offer praise to you.*
Beneath your holy omofor you covered your people*
as they labored beneath the hills of a new land.*
Cease not to intercede that our souls may be saved.
You were truly the protector of your people, O Holy Nicholas*
for those who zealously celebrated your holy feast.*
You preserved them from danger and death as they labored beneath the earth.*
Therefore with one voice we ask you to continually pray for us*
that we may obtain mercy from Christ our God.
From St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. Used by permission.