Akathist Hymn to Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker

Kontakion 1

Thank You, God Almighty, for sending the glorious Wonderworker, Saint Nicholas, into our lives for the sake of our fortification. Above all things, we desire purity of heart, unceasing prayer, and love of one another. We therefore gather before this holy bishop and declare:

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Ikos 1

Saint Nicholas, beloved pastor throughout the churches, treasured saint across lands and centuries, dedicated teacher of true doctrine, generous friend to the poor and needy, quick helper to those in danger, we praise you for your wonders and toil on our behalf:

Rejoice, giver of lifesaving aid.

Rejoice, giver of bodily nurture.

Rejoice, giver of essential goods.

Rejoice, giver of basic liberty.

Rejoice, giver of zealous prayers.

Rejoice, giver of enriching words.

Rejoice, giver of personal fortune.

Rejoice, giver of spiritual victory.

Rejoice, giver of healing myrrh.

Rejoice, giver of wonderworking icons.

Rejoice, giver of sacred knowledge.

Rejoice, giver of apostolic continuity.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 2

We see that thousands upon thousands of people, all of them fraught with pain or hardship, have hastened to you for the healing of inward malady and outward misfortune. Saint Nicholas, we also light our candles, as we bow our heads and lift our hearts in supplication, saying: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

Saint Nicholas, all people suffer, and some more than others. We stand in need of guidance and renewal from God’s appointed helpers. Therefore, in utter meekness and gratitude, as sheep of the flock, we entreat you to bestow your blessings according to our needs and God’s mercy:

Rejoice, for in our earthly calamity you render us divinely joyful.

Rejoice, for in our worldly poverty you render us spiritually fruitful.

Rejoice, for in our deadly captivity you render us vitally prayerful.

Rejoice, for in our fleshly infirmity you render us eternally grateful.

Rejoice, for in our social isolation you render us friends of the saints.

Rejoice, for in our emotional wounds you render us temples of purity.

Rejoice, for in our cultural decadence you render us guardians of truth.

Rejoice, for in our unfaithful society you render us confessors of God.

Rejoice, for in our bodily fatigue you render us invigorated in hope.

Rejoice, for in our lifetime losses you render us restored in faith.

Rejoice, for in our ungodly times you render us established in worship.

Rejoice, for in our toxic world you render us redeemed in Christ.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 3

Saint Nicholas, you were the only child of your parents, Theophanes and Nonna, who dedicated you to God upon your birth. You quickly began your mission as a wonderworker, for as an infant you healed your bedridden mother of a bodily disease. This grateful woman then said: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

Immediately from birth, you commenced the Wednesday and Friday fast days of the Church. You refused milk until nightfall, after your father and mother had completed their prayers. In this holy interaction between child and parents, you shone forth your saintly disposition:

Rejoice, for you honored your father and mother, as God commanded.

Rejoice, for you obeyed the ways of God written on your heart.

Rejoice, for you poured out your merciful healing, as God directed.

Rejoice, for you straightway commiserated with the bodily afflicted.

Rejoice, for as a helpless infant you gave wondrous help, as God arranged.

Rejoice, for as a newborn in a Christian home you enjoyed all holiness.

Rejoice, for as a cherished son you gave your blessings, as God prepared.

Rejoice, for as a generous wonderworker you fulfilled the needs of others.

Rejoice, for you adhered to the fasts of the Church, as God intended.

Rejoice, for you aligned with salvation in Christ early on.

Rejoice, for you began your journey into shepherding, as God ordained.

Rejoice, for you initiated your pastoral duties from the very start.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 4

Saint Nicholas, as a young boy you were like the aged Prophetess Anna, for you would go to the local church every day and remain there in unceasing prayer. You called upon our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Ever-Virgin Mary, for you loved them and you faithfully said: Alleluia.

Ikos 4

At nightfall, you would return home and study the Bible and read edifying books. Saint Nicholas, your life was filled with the grace of God and the mind of the Church, for you said and did all things according to your God-given gifts, true doctrine, and right worship:

Rejoice, consecrated boy who maintained purity of soul.

Rejoice, devoted youth who mastered all unruly passions.

Rejoice, firm believer who thrived on unceasing prayer.

Rejoice, holy worshipper who avoided worldly entanglement.

Rejoice, ardent pupil who read and lived the message of the Bible.

Rejoice, vigilant beginner who walked a straight path to the church.

Rejoice, wise Christian who surrounded himself with saints and angels.

Rejoice, rich young man who desired only a mansion in Heaven.

Rejoice, attentive member who delighted in liturgical singing.

Rejoice, diligent worker who harvested sacred words and meaning.

Rejoice, prudent disciple who meditated on spiritual sayings.

Rejoice, grateful heir who preserved apostolic teachings.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 5

Your uncle, also named Nicholas, was the bishop of the city of Patara, in Lycia, where you were born. He took care of you after the death of your parents. He was pleased with your commitment to prayer and with your kindly disposition, and he lifted his voice to God and said: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

It was a great joy for your uncle to ordain you a reader and then a priest of the Holy Church. He assigned you to serve as his assistant in teaching the congregation. Saint Nicholas, this you did in all wisdom, relating to people in friendliness and with sympathy for their pain and hardship:

Rejoice, for you lectured on doctrine and the Church Tradition.

Rejoice, for you preached sermons and expounded the Bible.

Rejoice, for you fulfilled your duties to the people and for God.

Rejoice, for you desired that everyone should be glad in Christ.

Rejoice, for you regarded yourself as lower than the least person.

Rejoice, for you became a priest not to be admired but to help others.

Rejoice, for you attended to the everyday needs of the poor.

Rejoice, for you gave them money and goods from your own wealth.

Rejoice, for you showed compassion to the sick and old.

Rejoice, for you prayed for the healing of their body and soul.

Rejoice, for you treated all children as though they were your own.

Rejoice, for you shielded them from wayward influences and harm.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 6

Father Nicholas, from your infancy through this present moment, you have pastored all those who turn to you. Thus, bishops and priests, parents and children, monks and nuns, sick and disabled, poor and disadvantaged, prisoners and falsely accused, and all the people do say: Alleluia.

Ikos 6

Although we ask you for provision and protection, we also thank you for hearing us and for fulfilling our requests within God’s will and timeliness. We love you for your obedience to God and for your involvement with us, and we stand in awe of your uninterrupted help to those in need:

Rejoice, luminous unto the blind eye.

Rejoice, grasp unto the withered hand.

Rejoice, swift unto the injured legs.

Rejoice, rest unto the weary arms.

Rejoice, peace unto the mentally distressed.

Rejoice, unity unto the socially rejected.

Rejoice, release unto the wrongly confined.

Rejoice, honor unto the hatefully blamed.

Rejoice, refuge unto the lost man.

Rejoice, comfort unto the neglected child.

Rejoice, hospitality unto the ignored woman.

Rejoice, voice unto the silenced believer.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 7

Saint Nicholas, you did many good deeds secretly, so that people would not idolize you and build a cult around you, so that God would reward you in Heaven, so that your life would remain unfettered by the chains of conceit, and so that everyone would thank only God and say: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

Yet, we know of an incident in which a poor man decided to sell his three daughters into prostitution in order to get money for necessities. Upon hearing of this looming catastrophe, you went to their home during the night and tossed three bags of gold through the window:

Rejoice, for you added three daughters into your sacred hundredfold.

Rejoice, for you realized an image of the Holy Trinity in them.

Rejoice, for you provided bodily and spiritual nurture combined together.

Rejoice, for you protected from violation and trauma as well as hunger.

Rejoice, for you were fatherly in a way that transformed human life.

Rejoice, for you were priestly in the altar as well as public places.

Rejoice, for you experienced the happiness of others as your happiness.

Rejoice, for you cared for the children of others as your children.

Rejoice, for you infused your whole being with the ways of God.

Rejoice, for you respected all women as you would the Mother of God.

Rejoice, for you gave from that which God gave you.

Rejoice, for you helped those whom God sent you.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 8

When your uncle made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he left you in charge of his duties in Patara. You were completely trustworthy, Saint Nicholas, and you always did unto others as unto Christ Himself. We wish to emulate your loving obedience and dedication, saying: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

Upon your uncle’s return and with his blessing, you also went to Jerusalem. However, the devil boarded the ship, wanting to smash it in a storm and bring death to you and to the other passengers and crew. Saint Nicholas, you prayed fervently to God for help, and the rough waters were subdued:

Rejoice, loved by God, loathed by Satan.

Rejoice, blessed by God, untouched by depravity.

Rejoice, friend of God, enemy of wreckage.

Rejoice, priest of God, opponent of greed.

Rejoice, faithful to God, inaccessible to evil.

Rejoice, true to God, fatal to falsehood.

Rejoice, worshipper of God, devoid of conceit.

Rejoice, exalter of God, empty of vainglory.

Rejoice, servant of God, repudiator of defiance.

Rejoice, preacher of God, denouncer of divisions.

Rejoice, rewarded by God, envied by impostors.

Rejoice, enlivened by God, dreaded by demons.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 9

Father Nicholas, as you visited the holy places in and around Jerusalem, you felt a longing to go into the desert and become a hermit. You desired a deeper life of prayer and solitude, but this was not within God’s plan for you. God directed you back home, and you obeyed and said: Alleluia

Ikos 9

Returning to Lycia, and still longing for the simple life, you entered a monastery which your uncle had founded. This simplicity, however, was short-lived, for God again intervened and told you to go back to the life which you had left behind. Thus, in faith, you departed the monastery:

Rejoice, for obedience to God brings forth spiritual fruit.

Rejoice, for cooperation with His plan results in inner peace.

Rejoice, for when we walk with God we are in the company of All Saints.

Rejoice, for when we follow His path we are guided with every step.

Rejoice, for the life in Christ involves certain sacrifices.

Rejoice, for these sacrifices are to our own benefit and to others.

Rejoice, for the Cross of Christ is to be carried throughout our life.

Rejoice, for the Cross is life-giving and in this we flourish.

Rejoice, for some are called into the desert and some to monasteries.

Rejoice, for some are called into marriage and to the family life.

Rejoice, for all are called to worship God.

Rejoice, for few are called to be shepherds of souls.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 10

After the death of the Archbishop of Myra, in Lycia, the elder bishops were faced with the sacred task of finding a replacement. Saint Nicholas, just as God directed you away from the desert and the monastery, He guided the elders to bring you into ultimate fruitfulness, and to this we say: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

One of the elders had a vision in which he was told that the first person who walked into the church that night should become the new bishop. Saint Nicholas, since you were always the first one in church, you were recognized as God’s chosen servant:

Rejoice, for God led you to the greenest of pastures.

Rejoice, for there you gather all your flock together.

Rejoice, for God sent you to mankind to provide and protect.

Rejoice, for we wish to be counted among your sheep.

Rejoice, for nobody in need is outside your tender care.

Rejoice, for nobody in pain is beyond your healing ways.

Rejoice, for all those in hardship can turn to your icon.

Rejoice, for all those in danger can call out your name.

Rejoice, for your blessings are stronger than our sins.

Rejoice, for we honor your memory through our prayers.

Rejoice, for your saintliness overrides the evils we have experienced.

Rejoice, for we wish to be the first ones to enter the church.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 11

As a bishop, you maintained your kindly disposition and did not become conceited in your new status. You interceded for the people, performed charitable deeds, preached the word of God, warded off the demons and confronted the paganism in Lycia, saying to everyone: Alleluia.

Ikos 11

This was during the reign of Diocletian, and many Christians were being persecuted for their refusal to worship the idols. Saint Nicholas, you were imprisoned with other Christians, but God saw fit to spare your life. You were released when Constantine arose, much to the joy of the people:

Rejoice, compassionate bishop of confessors and martyrs.

Rejoice, righteous peer of Christian prisoners.

Rejoice, courageous witness of the only True God.

Rejoice, faithful sheep of Jesus Christ the Divine Shepherd.

Rejoice, glorious support of those who endure persecution.

Rejoice, splendid encourager of those who denounce idols.

Rejoice, blessed companion of those who rejoice on the Cross.

Rejoice, magnificent partner of those who suffer for truth.

Rejoice, giver of money and goods who would also give his life.

Rejoice, teacher of theology who also lived by what he taught.

Rejoice, exposer of falsehood who preferred prison over betrayal.

Rejoice, vanquisher of evil who held Godliness above fear.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 12

Saint Nicholas, you again witnessed of the truths of the Church when, in the year 325, you were a member of the First Ecumenical Council which is famous for initiating the Nicene Creed. You refuted heresy and upheld true doctrine along with the Fathers of the Church, saying: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

For the remainder of your years on earth, Saint Nicholas, you never tired of serving God and mankind. And for the remainder of our years, we have recourse to your help from your abode in Heaven and through the mercy of God. Thus, we praise you for your far-reaching fidelity:

Rejoice, Bishop of Myra in Lycia and shepherd of the faithful.

Rejoice, our strong hope in times of pain and hardship.

Rejoice, saint of God and helper of the unfortunate.

Rejoice, our capable source in places of threat and danger.

Rejoice, man of prayer and intercessor for the afflicted.

Rejoice, our gracious help when we are bedridden or homebound.

Rejoice, expert in theology and educator of the congregation.

Rejoice, our profound inspiration when we are criticized or scorned.

Rejoice, reliable in duties and caretaker of children.

Rejoice, our amazing support in our families and communities.

Rejoice, wondrous in spirituality and fruitful throughout the world.

Rejoice, our perpetual enrichment in our faith and activities.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Kontakion 13

Holy Father Nicholas, when you departed this life to the Lord, your relics remained incorrupt and myrrh poured forth. Your relics were later taken to Bari, Italy, and since then children and churches have been named after you. Because of your ongoing wonders, we say: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

(Repeat Kontakion 13 three times.)

Kontakion 1 (repeated)

Thank You, God Almighty, for sending the glorious Wonderworker, Saint Nicholas, into our lives for the sake of our fortification. Above all things, we desire purity of heart, unceasing prayer, and love of one another. We therefore gather before this holy bishop and declare:

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

Ikos 1 (repeated)

Saint Nicholas, beloved pastor throughout the churches, treasured saint across lands and centuries, dedicated teacher of true doctrine, generous friend to the poor and needy, quick helper to those in danger, we praise you for your wonders and toil on our behalf:

Rejoice, giver of lifesaving aid.

Rejoice, giver of bodily nurture.

Rejoice, giver of essential goods.

Rejoice, giver of basic liberty.

Rejoice, giver of zealous prayers.

Rejoice, giver of enriching words.

Rejoice, giver of personal fortune.

Rejoice, giver of spiritual victory.

Rejoice, giver of healing myrrh.

Rejoice, giver of wonderworking icons.

Rejoice, giver of sacred knowledge.

Rejoice, giver of apostolic continuity.

Rejoice, Saint Nicholas, holy shepherd who provides and protects.

A Prayer

Saint Nicholas, we pray to be found pleasing to God, and in this we ask for your aid and blessings. Look upon every church and monastery, every family and individual, and pour forth healing myrrh upon our needs. Since life is beset with troubles, we ask for your endless kindnesses. Amen.

Disclaimer: This Akathist was written as a matter of personal faith and historical reports and/or legends. The author cannot guarantee that the reading or praying of this Akathist will result in healing of body or soul, acquisition of money or goods, rescue from harm or danger, attainment of knowledge, release from confinement, or alleviation of any kind of hardship or pain whatsoever. If this Akathist is read as a prayer, then such a standpoint is within the context of the reader’s personal approach to God and the reader’s belief system. The author is not responsible for the use or misuse of this Akathist.

Copyright © 2017 by Natalia J. Garland

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