"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Pray to St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Resuscitating Three Youths - Bicci di Lorenzo

St. Nicholas is a wonder-worker.

His miracles are not confined to the past.

His power with God is as efficacious today

as it was in his lifetime.

His wonders as abundant

as the innumerable miracles of history.

St. Nicholas gave me the childhood I had lost. 

He restored my soul and healed my sorrows.

He blessed me with wealth immaterial.

He rescued me from a wretched life.

He delivered my soul from a stormy sea.

It is the eve of St. Nicholas,

Pray for those held captive,

those suffering abuse,

and those lost at sea.

St Nicholas of Bari Rebuking the Storm - Bicci di Lorenzo

Bonus factoid:  St. Nicholas promised to help those who remember his parents, Theophanes and Nonna.  For more about the life of St. Nicholas, go here.

A Prayer of Impetration to Saint Nicholas

Glorious St. Nicholas, my special patron, from thy throne in glory, where thou dost enjoy the presence of God, turn thine eyes in pity upon me and obtain for me from our Lord the graces and helps that I need in my spiritual and temporal necessities (and especially this favor [mention your request], provided that it be profitable to my salvation). Be mindful, likewise, O glorious and saintly Bishop, of our Sovereign Pontiff, of Holy Church, and of all Christian people. Bring back to the right way of salvation all those who are living steeped in sin and blinded by the darkness of ignorance, error, and heresy. Comfort the afflicted, provide for the needy, strengthen the fearful, defend the oppressed, give health to the infirm; cause all men to experience the effects of thy powerful intercession with the supreme Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.
V. Pray for us, O blessed Nicholas.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, who has glorified blessed Nicholas, Thine illustrious Confessor and Bishop, by means of countless signs and wonders, and who dost not cease daily so to glorify him; grant, we beseech Thee, that we, being assisted by his merits and prayers, may be delivered from the fires of hell and from all dangers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.  - Source

Song for this post here.


  1. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/mark-shea/the-thing-that-used-to-be-conservatism-puts-out-a-hit-on-francis

    I am going to entrust those who are so critical of our Holy Father to St. Nicholas, my late father's namesake by the way. ^^

    Is there a novena one can pray in honor of St. Nicholas and to ask for his intercession, Terry? If so, can you provide that information. His having helped you in your faith journey gives me hope that he can help me and mine in ours.

    God bless!

  2. Yaya - I added a prayer that can be used as a novena prayer.

  3. Thanks a bunch, Terry. I am going to copy and print and start a daily walk in prayer with St. Nicholas. These past months have been a real chore and I need lots of help to get back on the royal road.

    Thanks again. <3


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