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Archbishop Nicolae’s Meditation on the Feast of St. Nicholas

Among the many saints commemorated during the church year, certainly the Holy Hierarch Nicholas has a special place in the soul of every Christian. When we were children, we waited for Father Nicholas to leave us a gift in our boots. Later we learned the story of the Holy Hierarch and began to understand the example given by his life of humility, service of neighbor, and defense of the Orthodox Faith. The troparion of his Feast describes it this way: The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, an icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, thou hast achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty. O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

 

Having grown up in a Christian family, St. Nicholas learned the ways of the Church from childhood, not only through education, but also having a special call from God, as we see in the story about how he fasted even from his mother’s breast. The troparion says that the Lord Himself showed him to be a teacher of temperance. To his zeal for holy things he added the knowledge of Scripture and other useful writings, all under the tutelage of his Uncle Nicholas, Bishop of Patara in the province of Lycia. And as one who learned kindness from the Kind One, St. Nicholas took care of all those who needed help: those without material resources, those in peril on the seas, the hungry, the tired. Only the Kind One taught us that they are blessed who are poor in spirit, those who weep, and those who make peace. Through his life, St. Nicholas showed us how to understand those who seem impossible to understand. He showed us that we can be joyful and blessed when we weep, when we are poor, and when we are persecuted for Christ’s sake.

 

As a Hierarch of the Church of Christ, he defended the true teaching about the deity of the Son, Who is “begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made”. And when the powerful of that time opposed this true confession and persecuted those who dared to affirm it, St. Nicholas went with the faithful of his flock to prison.

 

A renowned miracle worker during his life, St. Nicholas has continued to live up to his reputation after passing into heaven, hearing and answering the prayers of those who request his help with tears.  Thus, the Old Man who brings gifts to children became the Saint who performs miracles for those who are victimized and saddened by the troubles of the times.

 

Let us, too, pray and ask St. Nicholas to send us a useful gift.  And then let us not forget to thank him and to add a prayer to his prayers for the salvation of our souls.

 

                                                                        NICOLAE

 

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Pastoral Itinerary


March 26, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

March 25, 2017 - Annunciation - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

March 19, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

March 12, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

March 5, 2017 - Sunday of Orthodoxy - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

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March 26, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at the Holy Archangels parish, Montreal, QC

March 25, 2017 - Annunciation - Divine Liturgy at St. Mina Mission, Ste-Therese, QC

March 19, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at the Holy Cross Monastery, Mono, ON

March 12, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at St. George parish, St. Hubert, QC

March 5, 2017 - Sunday of Orthodoxy - Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s parish, Gatineau, QC; Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. Elias Antiochian Church, Ottawa, ON