St. Nicholas Day December 19: prayers and traditions
December 19 is the feast of the Orthodox Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. This saint is the most famous and most mentioned, and many traditions that change the destiny of believers are associated with its day.
The story of Nicholas the Wonderworker
This saint was born in the third century, in Greece, into a rich family. His parents were rich, so Nikolai was able to get an education. From childhood, he showed great interest in books, and faith in God passed from his parents to him. He prayed every day, giving the Bible all his time.
His uncle, being a bishop, allowed him to read prayers in the temple of God. Thus, Nicholas, known in the future as the Wonderworker, became a priest.
History does not know many facts, and some of them are disputed. For example, the destruction of pagan temples is attributed to him, although this has not been proven. There are also many miracles and healings associated with his name, not only during his lifetime, but also after death.
By the way, after the death of his parents, he distributed everything they had acquired to those in need.
St. Nicholas Day
On December 19, it is customary to read prayers dedicated to Nicholas the Wonderworker. Many believers do this at home and additionally attend a special liturgy in the temple. Here is one of the most common prayers:
About all the great great wonderworking, the prelate of Christ, Father Nicholas!
We ask you to hope the hope of all Christians, faithful defenders, hunger for the feeder, weeping joy, sick doctor, sea ruler, poor and orphan feeder and fast helper and helper to all, and live in peace and see the glory of God’s elect in heaven and with them continually chant the one in the Trinity of the worshiped God forever and ever. Amen.
On December 19, the repose of Saint Nicholas and his reunion with Christ is celebrated, and in general in Christianity there are several holidays dedicated to this great man. Every year on this day prayers are read in all Orthodox churches. Thus, Christians pay tribute to him.
Nicholas the Wonderworker is revered on a par with Jesus and the Mother of God, although not so much is known about him as about other followers of the Lord who have become saints.
Traditions of St. Nicholas Day
In the northern latitudes of Russia since ancient times it was decided to slaughter a small goby, specially grown for this holiday, and hold a large feast. Part of the meat was donated to the temples. But this was not done everywhere, since December 19 is the day of Great Lent.
In some places they celebrated the Nicholas region, a feast for several days a week before the beginning of the fast.
In the modern world, laying a lush table is not necessary. If you adhere to strict fasting, you can limit yourself to reading grateful prayers and a very modest meal on this day. However, even following the rules of fasting, you can lay the table, because today there are many delicious recipes, and at the same time quite ascetic lenten dishes.
Wonderworker Nikolai is considered the protector of children and seafarers, as many legends about miraculous salvation are connected with this, therefore on December 19 it is customary to read prayers for children and for the help of God when going on a long journey. We wish you health, well-being, strengthening of faith, and do not forget to press buttons and