Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

This morning I was awakened by my six year-old daughter, who burst into my room, shoe in hand, to show me what St. Nicholas, whose feast is today, left her in it. The other big day for us during Advent is Santa Lucia (St. Lucy), on which the oldest daughter makes breakfast for everybody. Santa Lucia falls on 13 December.

This link will take you to a really great page St. Nicholas webpage. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra in Lycia, located in modern-day Turkey. He died in the middle of the fourth century (the 300s). His cult, at least since the tenth century, has been universal throughout the Church. On this, his day, let us ask him to intercede for us.

Sancte Nicolae- ora pro nobis

hear our prayers for mercy,
and by the help of St. Nicholas
keep us safe from all danger,
and guide us on the way to salvation.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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