We greet thee, O glorious Saint Nicholas, all-honoured hierarch, great wonderworker, saint of Christ, man of God, good and faithful servant, fountain of love, chosen vessel, strong pillar of the Church, shining lamp, star that illuminest and enlightenest the whole world!
Thou, O Father Saint Nicholas, art that righteous man who, according the word of the Prophet, didst flourish like a palm tree planted in the courts of the Lord. Dwelling in Myra thou hast diffused the sweet–smelling fragrance of the grace of God in an ever-flowing stream of myrrh. By thy presence most holy Father, the sea was sanctified when thy miraculous relics were carried from East to West to the city of Bari, there to praise the Name of the Lord.
O marvelous wonderworker, speedy helper, fervent intercessor, good shepherd that savest the flock of Christ from all dangers, we glorify and magnify thee as the hope of all Christians. Thou art an ever–flowing spring of miracles, a defender of the faithful, a most wise teacher, a feeder of the hungry. Thou art the gladness of those that mourn, the clothing of the naked, the healer of the sick, the pilot of those that sail the sea. Thou art the liberator of prisoners, the provider, nourisher, and protector of widows and orphans, the guardian of chastity, the gentle tutor of little children, the support of the aged, the friend and advocate of monks, and the rest of those that labour. Thou, O Holy Bishop Nicholas, distributest riches in abundance to the poor and the needy who call upon thy name and beg for thy help.
Hearken unto us that pray unto thee and flee to thy protection. Plead on our behalf with the Most High, and obtain through thy God-pleasing intercessions all that is useful for the salvation of our souls and bodies; keep, through thy help, this holy habitation, every city and town, every Christian country, and the people that dwell therein, from all oppression, for we know, that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much for good; and after the most-blessed Virgin Mary, the all–holy Mother of God, we look to thee, O Father Nicholas, for help and, full of confidence, hasten to thy fervent intercession.
Do thou, as a watchful and good shepherd, keep us from all enemies, pestilence, earthquake, hail, famine, flood, fire, and violence. Protect us from the invasion of the godless, the perversions of the wicked, the contagion of illnesses, and from being destitute and penniless in the the hour of our need. In all our misfortunes and affliction do thou stretch forth a helping hand. Open wide to us the doors of God’s compassion for we, by reason of the multitude of our iniquities, are unworthy to knock at heaven’s door; we are bound by the knots of many sins; we have sinned again and again, and our hearts have grown hard and cold in disobedience to the divine commands.
Wherefore, on bended knee, we incline our hearts before Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore thy fatherly intercession with our all–merciful God. Lest we perish in our sins, deliver us from all evil and from every diabolical deceit; illumine our minds and strengthen our hearts in the pure light of the Orthodox Catholic Faith, in which, through thy mediation and intercession, we pray to be preserved free from all corruption, division, heresy, and shameful compromise with the enemies of the holy and life–giving Cross. Vouchsafe, O Father Saint Nicholas, that we may live a peaceful life here and, at length, rejoice to see the good things prepared for us in the land of the living, unto the glory of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God, praised and adored in Trinity, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
“If anything happens to God, we have always got St Nicholas”