Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Monday, December 06, 2010

Happy Feast of St. Nicolaus

And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ." Ephesians 4: 11-13

 Thank you Jessica -- your St. Nicolaus images 
were just the thing to cover up the Chinese guy (!?!) 
on my Dutch chocolate coins!

 An ornament in each stocking.

Goody bags for Godchildren, teachers,  priests and church staff, and co-workers. I often feel badly that I don't "spread the wealth" on fun days such as May Day, but then I realize that on other days like St. Nicholas Day and St. Valentine's Day, I do. That's the great thing about our Church -- there are so many opportunities to celebrate!

O good Saint Nicholas, you who are the joy of the children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood, which the Gospel speaks, and teach me to seed happiness around me. You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas, open my faith to the mystery of God made man.
You, good bishop and shepherd, help me to find my place in the Church and inspire the church to be faithful to the gospel.

O good Saint Nicholas, patron of children, sailors and the helpless, watch over those who pray to Jesus, your Lord and theirs, as well as over those who humble themselves before you. Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem, where true joy and peace are found.


  1. That's sweet that you remember everyone else on this day! I'm sure it's a nice surprise for most people.

    Have a blessed day!

  2. Oh, I LOVE the ornament idea! We each of us get a new ornament each year, anyway, and this would be a lovely twist to our old tradition. :-) Except, we've never got our tree up yet. Might have to think this one through a little more!

  3. Thanks, Sara. I asked our pastor yesterday if St. Nicolaus was going to fill his stocking and I think I caught him by surprise -- I'm not sure he remembered. I guess after years of having no one to fill his stocking, he might forget!

    Our tree is not up either -- it won't be for a week or more. We'll just set the ornaments on the mantel to wait.

  4. I should have covered up our coins too, although, they were Jewish and had the world Israel all over them! In a way...appropriate.
    How is Faith feeling? I hope she was better so she could enjoy the treats!
    Happy St. Nicholas Day to you!

  5. A blessed feast day to you, Barbara! Thank you for your prayers. I just love Jessica's coins too:-) Your cookies look yum!

  6. Nancy,
    The stomachache turned into a fever and a sore throat, but she was well enough to enjoy her candy this morning!

    Thank you. And they are (were) yum!

  7. Great idea on covering up the candy with St. Nicholas pictures. The only coins I can find here are Chanukkah gelt, which always sparks some interesting conversations!


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