Saint Nicholas of Myra

Decenber 6, 2023

St. Nicholas of Myra

[Jesus] lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets." (Luke 6:20-23)

The icon is of St. Nicholas of Myra, Wonderworker (December 6th).

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Holy Prophet Habakkuk 

God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran.

His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

His brightness was like the light, rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.

(Habakkuk 2:3-4 RSVCE)

Habakkuk was one of the Twelve Minor Prophets, of the Tribe of Simeon. He lived in the 5th century B.C. In his book, which is part of the Old Testament of the Bible, he agonizes over the problem of evil, and how evil seems to triumph over good. The first verse quoted above prophesizes Jesus as the One who visits His people and is used in the Royal Hours of the Nativity. 

November 15 - December 24
Nativity Fast

6 St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 (8) The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
10 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Ruthenians, USA)
18 Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
24 Christmas Eve
25 The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)

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