Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Remembering St. Nicholas

"It is a very good day." My professor remarked at the close of class this morning. "Why's that?" a classmate inquired. First looking me square in the eye he said, "For it is the Feast of St. Nicholas!" he exclaimed with an exuberant smile on his face.

What a good day it would be indeed.

The day was full of celebration; including a St. Nicholas party, delicious food, Christmas caroling, as well as an unexpected celebration to finish it all off. My lovely, thoughtful, and wonderful roommate gifted me with a St. Nicholas Day surprise. I was out of the room for a time this afternoon, and upon my arrival, I was greeted with a tidy, decorative, and festive room. Christmas music was playing, Christmas lights were hung, "Happy St. Nicholas Day!" signs were up, and a shoe filled with chocolate gold coins sat on the ground. Time was taken out of a busy schedule of studying and reading to bless another. This kind act bore great gratitude and appreciation.

As she and I read the Akathist of St. Nicholas tonight and say our prayers, I am reminded of God's great faithfulness. May St. Nicholas teach us what it means to give with truly cheerful hearts this Christmas Season.

O champion wonderworker and superb servant of Christ,
thou who pourest out for all the world
the most precious myrrh of mercy
and an inexhaustible sea of miracles,
I praise thee with love, O Saint Nicholas;
and as thou art one having boldness toward the Lord,
from all dangers do thou deliver us,
that we may cry to thee:
 Rejoice, O Nicholas, Great Wonderworker!

A blessed St. Nicholas Day to you all!