Saint Nicholas the Wonder-worker
Troparion, Tone 4.
As a rule of faith, an image of meekness and a teacher of temperance the Lord revealed thee to thy flock, in the truth of things; therefore, thou didst attain the heights by humility and riches by poverty. O our father and hierarch Nicholas, entreat Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion, Tone 3.
In Myra thou wast shown to be a hierarch, O Saint Nicholas, for in the fulfilment of Christ’s Gospel thou didst today offer up thy life for thy people, and didst save the innocent from death; therefore, thou wast sanctified and wast revealed to be a great initiate of the grace of God.
Now and ever.
Theotokion, Tone 3.
The Virgin today doth stand before us in the church, and together with the choirs of the saints she doth invisibly pray to God for us. The angels worship with the hierarchs; the Apostles exult with the Prophets; for the Theotokos prayeth for us to Christ, the pre-eternal God.
Prokeimenon, Tone 7.
The just shall rejoice in the Lord: and shall hope in Him.
Verse: Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee.
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.
Hebrews §335 (13:17–21).
Brethren: Obey your prelates, and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls; that they may do this with joy, and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you. Pray for us. For we trust we have a good conscience, being willing to behave ourselves well in all things. And I beseech you the more to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. And may the God of peace, Who brought again from the dead the great Pastor of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the blood of the everlasting testament, fit you in all goodness, that you may do His will; doing in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Alleluia, Tone 4.
Psalm 139:1; 111:1.
Verse 1: Let Thy priests be clothed with justice: and let Thy saints rejoice. Alleluia.
Verse 2: Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §24 (6:17-23a).
At that time: Jesus stood in a plain place, and the company of His disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast both of Tyre and Sidon, who were come to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits, were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch Him, for virtue went out from Him, and healed all. And He, lifting up His eyes on His disciples, said: Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven.
The just shall be in everlasting remembrance: he shall not fear the evil hearing: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.