- 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.