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From Byzantine Matins:

(Troparion, Tone 4)
The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, a model of meekness and teacher of abstinence; wherefore, thou hast attained the heights through humility and riches through poverty; O hierarch Nicholas our father, entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved.

(Kontakion, Tone 3)
In Myra thou wast shown to be a performer of the sacred mysteries, O holy one, for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, thou didst lay down thy life for thy people, O venerable one, and didst save the innocent from death. Wherefore, thou hast been sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God.

With songs let us now hymn the holy hierarch, the pastor and teacher of the people of Myra, that we may be enlightened by his prayers. For, lo! he hath been shown to be wholly pure, incorrupt of spirit, offering to Christ the immaculate and pure sacrifice which is right acceptable to God, as a hierarch pure in soul and body. Wherefore; as a true intercessor of the Church and champion thereof, he is a great initiate of the grace of God.

(Stichera at the Praises, Tone 1)
Lifting thine eyes unwaveringly toward the heights of understanding, and gazing mystically into the abyss of wisdom, O father, thou hast enriched the world with thy teachings. Pray thou ever to Christ in our behalf, O holy hierarch Nicholas.

O man of God, faithful favorite, performer of His mysteries, man of divine desires, animate pillar and inspired image: the Church of Myra, marveling, received thee as a divine treasure, an advocate for our souls.

Soaring above the flowers of the Church, like a fledgling of the angelic nest of the Most High, O thrice-blessed Nicholas, thou ever criest out to God in behalf of us who find ourselves amid violent misfortunes and temptations, and thou deliverest us by thy supplications.

Thou didst make the beauty of thy priestly vesture yet more splendid through active virtues, O God-bearing father; wherefore, as a hierarch thou dost accomplish wondrous things for us, delivering us from evils, O sacred minister of glorious miracles.

Passing through the beauties of the invisible ones, thou didst comprehend the awesome glory of the saints, O holy one; wherefore, O most sacred father, thou revealest to us in heavenly words the visions of them that live eternally.

Thou didst stand before the pious emperor in a dream, and didst deliver the prisoners from death, O father. Pray thou unceasingly, that, by thy supplications, we also, who praise thee well, may be delivered from temptations, misfortunes and pain.

(Tone 5)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Rejoicing, let us sound the trumpet of festal hymns, let us leap up and join chorus on this the God-bearing father's prayerful celebration. Let kings and princes come together, and let them hymn him who by his dread appearance in a dream prevailed upon the king to release the three warriors who were unjustly imprisoned. O ye teachers and pastors of the good Shepherd, assembling, let us praise the pastor who showed forth love like His. And lauding the great hierarch, the physician of the infirm, the deliverer of those in misfortune, the helper of sinners, the treasure of the poor, the consoler of the sorrowful, the companion of those who travel, the helmsman of those at sea, who fervently anticipateth the needs of all in every place, let us say thus: O all-holy Nicholas, come forth and deliver us from these present tribulations, and save thy flock by thy supplications!

Now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Let us sound the trumpet of hymns; for, bowing down from on high, the Virgin Mother, the Queen of all, crowneth with blessings those who hymn her. Let kings and princes come together, and let them clap their hands in hymns before the Queen who gave birth to the King Who, in His love for mankind, hath been well-pleased to loose those held fast by death from of old. Ye pastors and teachers, assembling, let us praise the all-pure Mother of the good Shepherd. And with divinely voiced hymns praising the golden lampstand, the Light-bearing cloud, the animate ark more spacious than the heavens, the fiery throne of the Master, the golden jar which held the Manna, the portal of the Word which is shut, the refuge of all Christians, let us say thus: O palace of the Word, vouchsafe the kingdom of heaven unto us, the lowly; for nought is impossible to thy mediation!
              A Traditional Litany of Saint Nicholas,
Bishop of Myra, Saint in Bari

Holy card: Austria
St. Nicholas Center Collection

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.
St. Joseph,
Pray for us.

Nicholas, Holy Bishop of Myra,
Nicholas, Holy Saint in Bari,
Nicholas, Patron of children and seafarers,
Nicholas, Gift-giver and Wonder-Worker,
Nicholas, Friend of the poor and needy,
Nicholas, Icon of gentleness and generosity,
Nicholas, Model of meekness and charity,
Nicholas, Defender of the Christian Faith,
Nicholas, Myrrh of the fragrance of Christ,
Nicholas, Help of those who suffer wrong,
Nicholas, Faithful steward of the mysteries of God,
Nicholas, Guide of the penitent sinner,
Nicholas, Source of joy and thanksgiving,
Nicholas, Saint who points us to the Manger,
Pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Let us pray:
May we, aided by the prayers of St Nicholas,
be strengthened on our earthly pilgrimage to live and work
for the praise and glory of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and in our service to his people and his whole creation.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
One God from Age unto Age. Amen.

Adapted by Brent Christen from a Litany from the St Nicholas Society UK/USA.