“Nicholas, holy hierarch, your flock has recognized you by the brilliance of your works. You are a model of kindness and rule of faith, a teacher of self-control. Your lowliness has raised you to the heights of fame, and your poverty has filled your hands with riches. Beg Christ, our God, to save our souls.”(Troparion)

Let us pray today for St Nicholas’ intercession for the grace to be brilliant in our work, a model of kindness, meekness, and dependent upon the Lord. Let us all pray for all those we know who bear the name of Nicholas –thinking of our bishop, Nicholas and our young parishioner Nicholas.