Life and Akathist of Saint Hierarch Nicholas,

whose Holy Relics are worshiped in our church

 

Akathist to Saint Hierarch Nicholas

Beginning prayers:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Glory to thee, our God, glory to thee.

Glory to thee, our God, glory to thee.

Glory to thee, our God, glory to thee.

O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal: have mercy on us. (Thrice)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy God, visit and heal our infirmities for thy Name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Kontakion 1

O champion wonderworker and splendid servant of Christ, you who pours out for all the world the most precious myrrh of mercy and who is an inexhaustible sea of miracles, we praise you with love, Saint Nicholas. Since you have boldness toward the Lord, from all dangers deliver us, so that we may cry out to you: Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Ikos 1

An angel in manner, human by nature, did the Creator reveal you to be, O most blessed Saint Nicholas. Having foresight into the fruitful beauty of your soul, He taught all to cry out to you thus:

Rejoice, you who were purified from your mother’s womb.

Rejoice, you who were sanctified even out to the end. Rejoice, you who amazed your parents by your birth. Rejoice, you who manifested power of soul immediately after birth.

Rejoice, plant of the Promised Land.

Rejoice, flower of divine planting.

Rejoice, virtuous vine of Christ’s vineyard.

Rejoice, wonderworking tree of the Paradise of Jesus. Rejoice, lily of heavenly growth.

Rejoice, myrrh of the fragrance of Christ.

Rejoice, through you lamentation is banished.

Rejoice, through you rejoicing is brought to pass. Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 2

Seeing the effusion of your myrrh, our souls and bodies are enlightened. We recognize you to be a wonderful living source of unction, O divinely wise Saint Nicholas. Miracles like water pour out through the grace of God, when you mercifully fill them that faithfully cry out to Him: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

Teaching incomprehensible knowledge about the Holy Trinity, you were with the holy fathers in Nicaea a champion of the confession of the True Faith. You confessed the Son equal of the Father, co-everlasting and co-enthroned, and you convicted the foolish Arius. Therefore the faithful have learned to sing out to you: Rejoice, sanctuary of prayer and devotion.

Rejoice, beautiful city of refuge for the faithful.

Rejoice, unfailing stronghold of the True Faith.

Rejoice, wondrous praise of the Holy T rinity.

Rejoice, you who preach the Son of equal honor with the Father.

Rejoice, you who expel the demonic Arius from the council of the saints.

Rejoice, father, you were the splendor of the fathers. Rejoice, wise goodness of all the divinely wise.

Rejoice, you who utter golden words.

Rejoice, you who guide so well your flock.

Rejoice, through you faith is strengthened.

Rejoice, through you heresy is overthrown.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 3

Through power given out to you from on high you wipe away every tear from the face of those in cruel suffering, God-bearing Father Nicholas. You were shown to be a feeder of the hungry, a superb pilot of those upon the high seas, and a healer of the ailing. You proved to be a helper of all that cry out to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

Truly, Father Nicholas, a song should be sung out to you from Heaven, and not from earth. How can mere men proclaim the greatness of your holiness? Wholly conquered by your love, we cry out to you:

Rejoice, model of lambs and shepherds.

Rejoice, holy purification of mortals.

Rejoice, container of great virtues.

Rejoice, pure and honorable abode of holiness.

Rejoice, all-luminous lamp, beloved by all.

Rejoice, light golden-rayed and blameless.

Rejoice, worthy converser with angels.

Rejoice, good guide of men.

Rejoice, treasury of spiritual fortunes.

Rejoice, seeker of those in need.

Rejoice, through you we are delivered from bodily passions.

Rejoice, through you we are filled with spiritual delights. Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 4

A storm of bewilderment confused our minds. How can we worthily hymn your wonders, O blessed Nicholas?

No one could count them, even though he had many tongues and willed to tell them. Nevertheless, we boldly sing out to God Who is wonderfully glorified in you: Alleluia.

Ikos 4

People near and far have heard of the greatness of your miracles, O Nicholas worthy of praise, for in the air with the delicate wings of grace you are accustomed to assist those in misfortune, quickly delivering all who cry out to you in this manner:

Rejoice, wonderworker in the Church of Christ.

Rejoice, servant in God’s grace.

Rejoice, dispeller of unexpected evils.

Rejoice, planter of good desires.

Rejoice, compassionate father of those in misfortune. Rejoice, dread punisher of wrongdoers.

Rejoice, abyss of miracles poured out by God.

Rejoice, tablets of the Law of Christ written by God. Rejoice, strong uplifting of the fallen.

Rejoice, support of them that stand aright.

Rejoice, through you all deception is exposed.

Rejoice, through you all truth is realized.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 5

You appear as a divinely moving star, guiding those who sailed upon the cruel sea who were once threatened with imminent death — if you had not come to the help of those who called upon you, O wonderworking Saint Nicholas. Having forbidden the flying demons that shamelessly wanted to sink the ship, you drove them away, and taught the faithful whom God saved through you to cry: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

The maidens, prepared for a dishonorable marriage because of their poverty, beheld your great compassion for the poor, most blessed Father Nicholas. During the night you secretly gave their aged father three bundles of gold, thereby saving him and his daughters from falling into sin. For this reason, you hear praises from all the faithful:

Rejoice, bestower of blessings upon the humble.

Rejoice, worker of miracles for the destitute.

Rejoice, consolation of those that flee to your aid. Rejoice, inexhaustible bread of the hungry.

Rejoice, God-given wealth of those living in poverty on earth.

Rejoice, speedy uplifting of paupers.

Rejoice, quick hearing of the needy.

Rejoice, acceptable care of the sorrowful.

Rejoice, blameless provider for the three maidens.

Rejoice, replenishment of their aged father.

Rejoice, fervent guardian of purity.

Rejoice, delight of all the helpless.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 6

The entire world proclaims you, wonderful Nicholas, as a quick intercessor in adversities. Oftentimes, preceding those that travel by land and sail upon the sea, you help them in a single hour, while at the same time keeping from evils all that cry out to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 6

You shine as a living light, bringing deliverance out to the generals who received sentence to an unjust death and who called upon you, good shepherd Nicholas. You quickly appeared in a dream to the emperor, and terrified him and ordered him to release them unharmed. Together with them we also gratefully cry out to you:

Rejoice, you who help them that fervently call upon you.

Rejoice, you who deliver from unjust death.

Rejoice, you who preserve from false accusation. Rejoice, you who destroy the counsels of the unrighteous.

Rejoice, you who tear lies to shreds like cobwebs. Rejoice, you who gloriously exalt truth.

Rejoice, release of the innocent from their fetters. Rejoice, revival of the dead.

Rejoice, revealer of righteousness.

Rejoice, exposer of unrighteousness.

Rejoice, through you the innocent were saved from the sword.

Rejoice, through you they enjoyed the light.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 7

Desiring to dispel the blasphemous stench of heresy, you appear as truly fragrant and mystical myrrh, Saint Nicholas. Shepherding the people of Myra, you thereby filled the entire world with your gracious myrrh. In like manner, dispel from us the stench of abominable sin, so that we may acceptably cry out to God. Alleluia.

Ikos 7

We understand you to be a new Noah, a guide of the ark of salvation, Holy Father Nicholas who drives away the storm of all evils by your direction, and bring divine calm out to those that cry with wonder:

Rejoice, calm harbor of the storm-tossed.

Rejoice, sure preservation of those that are drowning. Rejoice, good pilot of those that sail upon the deeps. Rejoice, strong ruler of the raging of the sea.

Rejoice, guidance of those in whirlwinds.

Rejoice, warmth of those in frosts.

Rejoice, radiance dispersing the gloom of sorrow. Rejoice, light illumining all the ends of the earth.

Rejoice, you who deliver people from the abyss of sin. Rejoice, you who cast Satan into the abyss of hades.

Rejoice, through you we boldly invoke the abyss of God’s compassion.

Rejoice, through you we are rescued from the flood of wrath and we find peace with God.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 8

A strange wonder is the sacred Church shown to be out to those that flock to you, O glorious Nicholas. By offering in it even a small supplication, we receive healing from hopeless illnesses, if only, after God, we place our hope in you, faithfully crying aloud: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

You are truly a helper out to all, God-bearing Nicholas, and you gathered together all that flee to your aid. You are a deliverer, a nourished and a quick healer, moving all the faithful to cry out in praises such as these: Rejoice, source of all kinds of healing.

Rejoice, helper of those that undergo cruel suffering. Rejoice, dawn shining for prodigals in the night of sin. Rejoice, Heaven-sent dew for those in the heat of labors.

Rejoice, you who give prosperity out to those that need it.

Rejoice, you who prepare an abundance for those that ask.

Rejoice, you who often fulfill requests.

Rejoice, you who restore strength out to the aged and gray-headed.

Rejoice, prosecutor of many who have strayed from the True Way.

Rejoice, faithful steward of the mysteries of God. Rejoice, through you we conquer envy.

Rejoice, through you we lead a charitable life.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 9

Assuage all our pains, Saint Nicholas, our great intercessor — dispensing gracious healings, delighting our souls, and gladdening the hearts of all that fervently pray to you for help and cry out to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 9

The falsely theorizing orators of the ungodly, we see, were put to shame by you, divinely wise Father Nicholas. You confuted Arius the blasphemer who divided the Godhead, and Sabellius who mingled the Persons of the Holy Trinity, but you strengthened us in our faith. Mindful of this, we reverently cry out to you in this manner:

Rejoice, proclaimer of truth and discloser of light. Rejoice, confessor of Christ before all people.

Rejoice, teacher of the Divine Commandments.

Rejoice, destroyer of impious doctrines

Rejoice, ladder set up by God, by whom we ascend to

Heaven.

Rejoice, God-given protection, by whom many are sheltered.

Rejoice, you who make wise the unwise by your sayings.

Rejoice, you who move the slothful by your example. Rejoice, inextinguishable brightness of God’s Commandments.

Rejoice, most luminous ray of the Lord’s statutes. Rejoice, through your teaching the heads of heretics are hammered.

Rejoice, through you the faithful are counted worthy of glory.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 10

Desiring to save your soul, you truly crucify your flesh to your spirit, Father Nicholas. By silence and by wrestling with your thoughts, you add contemplation to conquest, and by meditation you acquire perfect knowledge with which you boldly converse with God and angels, always crying: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

You are a ramp, most blessed Nicholas, out to those who praise your miracles, and out to all who have recourse out to your intercession. Free also us who are poor in virtue from pride, temptation, illness, and needs of various kinds, so that we may acceptably cry out to you:

Rejoice, you who rescue from eternal wretchedness. Rejoice, you who bestow incorruptible riches.

Rejoice, imperishable food for those that hunger after righteousness.

Rejoice, inexhaustible drink for those that thirst for life.

Rejoice, you who preserve from revolution and war. Rejoice, you who freest us from chains and imprisonment.

Rejoice, most glorious intercessor in misfortunes. Rejoice, strong guardian in temptations.

Rejoice, you who snatched many from destruction. Rejoice, you who kept countless numbers unharmed. Rejoice, through you sinners escape a frightful death. Rejoice, through you those that repent obtain eternal life.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 11

A song out to the Most Holy Trinity you bring, surpassing others in thought, word and deed, O most holy Nicholas. Through much searching you explain the precepts of the True Faith, guiding us to sing with faith, hope and love out to the One God in Trinity: Alleluia.

Ikos 11

We see you as a brilliant and inextinguishable ray for those in the darkness of this world, O God-chosen Father Nicholas. Therein with the immaterial and angelic lights, you speak concerning the uncreated light of the Trinity. Accordingly, you enlighten the souls of the faithful who cry out to you:

Rejoice, radiance of the Three-Sunned Light.

Rejoice, daystar of the never-setting Sun.

Rejoice, lamp kindled by the divine flame.

Rejoice, destruction of the demonic flame of impiety

Rejoice, bright preaching of the True Faith.

Rejoice, luminous radiance of the light of the Gospel. Rejoice, lightning who consumes heresy.

Rejoice, thunder who terrifies tempters.

Rejoice, by your teachings we gain true knowledge. Rejoice, by your deeds we acquire understanding. Rejoice, through you the worship of creatures hath been abolished.

Rejoice, through you we have learnt to worship the Creator in the Trinity.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 12

Knowing the grace that has been given out to you by God, dutifully and joyfully we celebrate your memory, O divinely wise Father Nicholas, and with all fervor we pray for your wonderful intercession. Unable to count your glorious deeds which are like the sands of the seashore and the multitude of the stars, and being at a loss to understand, we truly cry out to God: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

While singing of your wonders, we praise you, O all- praised Nicholas, for in you God Who is glorified in the Trinity is wondrously glorified. Yes, even if we were to offer you a multitude of hymns composed from the soul, holy wonderworker, we could do nothing to equal the gift of your miracles, and amazed by them we cry out to you thus:

Rejoice, servant of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Rejoice, co-dweller with His heavenly servants.

Rejoice, patron of devout rulers.

Rejoice, praise of pious Christians.

Rejoice, namesake of victory.

Rejoice, triumphant follower of the True Way.

Rejoice, mirror of all the virtues.

Rejoice, attentive helper of all who confide in you. Rejoice, after God and the Theotokos, all our hope. Rejoice, health of our bodies and salvation of our souls. Rejoice, through you we are delivered from eternal death.

Rejoice, through you we are deemed worthy of everlasting life.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Kontakion 13

Most holy and wonderful Father Nicholas, consolation of all who sorrow, accept our present offering. Entreat the Lord that we be delivered from Gehenna through your God-pleasing intercession, so that with you we may sing: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

(Repeat Kontakion 13 three times.)

Kontakion 1 (repeated)

O champion wonderworker and splendid servant of Christ, you who pours out for all the world the most precious myrrh of mercy and who is an inexhaustible sea of miracles, we praise you with love, Saint Nicholas. Since you are bold toward the Lord, from all dangers deliver us, so that we may cry out to you:

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

Ikos 1 (repeated)

An angel in manner, though human by nature, the Creator revealed you to be, O most blessed Saint Nicholas. Having foresight into the fruitful beauty of your soul, He taught all to cry out to you:

Rejoice, you who were purified from your mother’s womb.

Rejoice, you who were sanctified even out to the end. Rejoice, you who amazed your parents by your birth. Rejoice, you who manifest power of soul straightway after birth.

Rejoice, plant of the Promised Land.

Rejoice, flower of divine planting.

Rejoice, virtuous vine of Christ’s vineyard.

Rejoice, wonderworking tree of the Paradise of Jesus. Rejoice, lily of heavenly growth.

Rejoice, myrrh of the fragrance of Christ.

Rejoice, through you lamentation is banished.

Rejoice, through you rejoicing is brought to pass. Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, Great Wonderworker.

A Prayer

Saint Nicholas, you are a wondrous helper of all unfortunate people – the poor and the sorrowful, the young and the old, the fallen and the dispossessed, those who journey afar and those who are homebound with illnesses. Count us among the multitudes which entreat your compassion, and nurture us with the bread of your mercy. Though we are many, you know the very heart of each one of us and you know our needs.

Deliver us, Saint Nicholas, from all things that lead out to death, and bless us with all things that please God. Since you are a tireless worker of wonders, teach us to be repentant prodigals and fruitful vines for Christ our Lord and Master. We thank you for your bountiful nourishment and provision. Amen.