Prayers to St. Nicholas

December 6, 2007

Χαίροις, ὁ ἱερώτατος νοῦς, τὸ τῆς Τριάδος καθαρὸν ἐνδιαίτημα, ὁ στῦλος τῆς Ἐκκλησίας, ὁ τῶν πιστῶν στηριγμός, καταπονουμένων ἡ βοήθεια, ἀστὴρ ὁ ταῖς λάμψεσιν εὐπροσδέκτων δεήσεων διασκεδάζων πειρασμῶν τε καὶ θλίψεων σκότος πάντοτε, ἱεράρχα Νικόλαε· ὅρμος ὁ γαληνότατος, ἐν ᾧ καταφεύγοντες οἱ τρικυμίαις τοῦ βίου περιστατούμενοι σῴζονται. Χριστὸν ἐκδυσώπει ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν δοθῆναι τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Hail, most sacred mind, pure dwelling-place of the Trinity, pillar of the Church, support of the faithful, the help of those who are struggling, star which, by illumining with acceptable supplications, always scatters the darkness of temptations and afflictions, Hierarch Nicholas: when those who are beset by the billowy waves of life flee to you for refuge, as to a most peaceful haven, they are saved. Entreat Christ to grant our souls the great mercy.

Ὤφθης Κωνσταντίνῳ βασιλεῖ σὺν τῷ Ἀβλαβίῳ κατ᾽ ὄναρ, καὶ τούτους φόβῳ βαλών, οὕτως αὐτοῖς εἴρηκας· Λύσατε δὴ ἐν σπουδῇ τῆς εἰρκτῆς οὓς κατέχετε δεσμίους ἀδίκως, ἀθώους τυγχάνοντας τῆς παρανόμου σφαγῆς· ὅμως, ἀλλ᾽ ἐὰν παρακούσῃς, ἔντευξιν ποιήσομαι, ἄναξ, κατὰ σοῦ πρὸς Κύριον δεόμενος.

To the Emperor Constantine and to Ablabius you appeared in a dream, and, casting them into fear, you spoke to them thus: Release from jail at once those whom you unjustly hold prisoner, who are guiltless of iniquitous murder. But if you disobey, I will petition against you, O King, when praying before the Lord.

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