Hymn for St. Nicholas Day
Artist: Laura James
St Nicholas Center Collection
Let us lift our joyful voices
in sweet well-timed harmony;
sing of Nicholas the blessed
and his works of clemency.
As a child, he studied closely
God's good Word and holy ways.
Called by God to be a bishop;
serving through his final days.
To the poor, the sick, the orphans,
works of mercy he did show;
miracles of God's great goodness
and his love for all to know.
Money needed for a ransom
of three maidens, bound and sold;
retribution paid he for them,
with three rings of bishop's gold.
Praying on a ship most ancient,
tossed about the raging sea;
calm became the swelling waters;
God looked down and heard his plea.
Nicholas your works remembered,
as we all rejoice this day;
Guide us through the stormy tempest,
help us not to lose our way.
Text: Anonymous, 11th century Latin
Paraphrased by J. Kucharski, 1994
Tune: STUTTGART 87 87
Musical notation PDF
The hymn was arranged for the Very Revd Gary W. Kriss when he was Dean of Nashotah House, an Episcopal seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin.