Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Beatitude Verses: Feast 4 from Ode 3, Canon 1; 4 from Ode 6, Canon 2


1 & 2. O blessed Nicholas, as thou art a true disciple of the Master, thou savest those who have recourse to thee from grievous misfortunes and bitter death.


3&4. Cleanse Thy servants, granting them remission of sins, in that Thou art good, through the mediations before Thee of Nicholas, Thy favorite, O greatly Merciful One.


5. Thou hast been shown to be a new Abraham, O Nicholas, for, ever offering up the unbloody sacrifice, thou didst bring thy mind to thy Master as if it were thine only-begotten son; wherefore, thou wast blessed as a lover of strangers, O father, and becamest the divine and immaculate habitation of the Trinity.


6. Thou workest strange and awesome miracles, O Nicholas, interceding in thy speedy supplications for those in peril throughout the earth and far out upon the sea, showing thyself to the faithful as a physician of the sick, a feeder of the poor, and the namesake of victory over the enemy.


7. Foreseeing things yet to come with the eye of thy mind, thou didst fill all the ends of the earth with right doctrines, and, declaring to us that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, thou didst set at nought the savagery of Arius, O pillar of the Orthodox Faith, setting forth thine honored corrections.


8. Wholly incarnate within thy womb, O all-pure one, Christ God was born without seed; for, unable to endure the sight of the work of His hands tormented by the deceiver, He came in the form of a servant to deliver the human race.




Tone 4:

The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, /

an icon of meekness and a teacher of temperance; /

therefore thou hast achieved the heights by humility, /

riches by poverty. /

O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, /

intercede with Christ God //

that our souls be saved.


Glory… Both now… Tone 4: The mystery hidden from before the ages /

and unknown even to the angels, /

through thee, O Theotokos, hath been revealed to those on earth: /

God incarnate in unconfused union, /

Who willingly accepted the Cross for our sake /

and thereby raising up the first-formed man, //

hath saved our souls from death.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.

Choir: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.

Reader: Hearken, O God, unto my prayer, when I make supplication unto Thee.

Choir: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.

Reader: The righteous man shall be glad in the Lord.

Choir: And shall hope in Him.


Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews:

[Hebrews 13:17-21]


Reader: Alleluia in the 4th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: Thy priests shall be clothed with righteousness, and Thy righteous shall rejoice.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: For the Lord hath elected Zion, He hath chosen her to be a habitation for Himself.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 6:17-23]




Tone 3: In Myra, O Saint, thou didst prove to be a minister of things sacred; /

for having fulfilled the Gospel of Christ, O righteous one, /

thou didst lay down thy life for thy people, /

and didst save the innocent from death. //

Wherefore, thou wast sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God.


Glory… Both now… Tone 6:

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, /

O mediation unto the Creator unfailing, /

disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, /

but be thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; /

hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, //

thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


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