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A Prayer of Impetration to Saint Nicholas

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Icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra, bishop. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

Icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra, bishop and wonderworker. The Feast of Saint Nicholas is December 6.

(Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

This prayer of impetration to Saint Nicholas of Myra calls to mind the events of the life of this great bishop and wonder-worker. An ardent opponent of heresy, Saint Nicholas was especially devoted to the poor and needy in his flock. We ask Saint Nicholas to intercede for us and for all who need his help.

Impetration, by the way, is simply a fancy word for petition or entreaty—in other words, a request.

A Prayer of Impetration to Saint Nicholas

Glorious St. Nicholas, my special patron, from thy throne in glory, where thou dost enjoy the presence of God, turn thine eyes in pity upon me and obtain for me from our Lord the graces and helps that I need in my spiritual and temporal necessities (and especially this favor [mention your request], provided that it be profitable to my salvation). Be mindful, likewise, O glorious and saintly Bishop, of our Sovereign Pontiff, of Holy Church, and of all Christian people. Bring back to the right way of salvation all those who are living steeped in sin and blinded by the darkness of ignorance, error, and heresy. Comfort the afflicted, provide for the needy, strengthen the fearful, defend the oppressed, give health to the infirm; cause all men to experience the effects of thy powerful intercession with the supreme Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O blessed Nicholas.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who has glorified blessed Nicholas, Thine illustrious Confessor and Bishop, by means of countless signs and wonders, and who dost not cease daily so to glorify him; grant, we beseech Thee, that we, being assisted by his merits and prayers, may be delivered from the fires of hell and from all dangers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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