Patron of our Parish
Feast Day - December 6th
Troparion of St. Nicholas, in the Fourth Tone
Thy works of justice did reveal thee to thy community as a canon of faith, the likeness of humility and the teacher of abstinence, O father and great Bishop Nicholas. Wherefore by humility thou didst achieve exaltation, and by thy meekness wealth; intercede therefore with Christ that He will save our souls.
The Life of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
The Prologue from Ochrid (4 vols.), by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, Lazarica Press,
The holy hierarch of Christ, Nicholas grew up in the
St Nicholas accepted the priestly rank, through the laying on of hands by his uncle Bishop Nicholas of Patara. St Nicholas added labors to labors; keeping vigil and remaining in unceasing prayer and fasting, he, being mortal, strove to imitate the bodiless ones. Having obtained his parents' inheritance, St Nicholas distributed it to the needy. For he paid no attention to temporal riches. His hand was outstretched to the poor, on whom it poured alms richly, as a water-filled river abounds in streams. It is to this period of his life that the famous story of providing a dowry for the three daughters of a local man who had fallen on hard times belongs. The natural father was tempted to resort to the immoral earnings of his daughters for income, the true and priestly father, spirtiually aware, saved the situation as quietly as possible.
After his visit to
Then St Nicholas realized that the Lord needed him to go into the service of people for their salvation.
At that time the bishop of this city, John, the archbishop and foremost hierarch of the entire
The holy hierarch lived out of the word of Scripture: "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven". He was indeed "an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith and in purity". His clothing was simple, his food fasting fare - he ate once each day in the evenings. His door was open all day as he made himself available for the needs of the people. He ruled diligently and wisely, being in his person a father to orphans, a merciful giver to the poor, a comforter to the mourning, a helper to the wronged, indeed a great benefactor to all.
St Nicholas was also among the 318 fathers in the council of Nicea in 325 AD, and in his zeal stood courageously against the teachings of Arius. Together with the holy fathers of the council he affirmed and taught all the dogmas of the Orthodox faith.
His miracles are known to all the ends of the earth. He fell asleep in the Lord on December 6th, 343 AD. May the Triune God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be glorified in him and may his holy name be extolled by the lips of all unto the ages. Amen