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A Prayer to Saint Nicholas

Dec 05, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century bishop in what is today Turkey. He was famous for his generosity to the poor, protection of the wronged, and zeal for orthodoxy. He was also a prolific miracle worker, most known for appearing to sailors caught in a storm at sea and raising three young boys from the dead. You'll find a rich resource of his life of miracles and good deeds as the Bishop of Myra here.

He is the patron saint of a great number causes, professions, cities, and countries; most notably he is the patron saint of children, sailors, prisoners, and maidens seeking to marry. Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have the custom of making him the secret giver of gifts to children on his December 6th feast day. In the United States and in some other countries he is known as Santa Claus who distributes gifts to children on Christmas Eve.

His relics are still preserved in the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Italy. On his feast day miraculous myrrh is collected from his relics and sent all over the world. Continue reading about popular traditions associated with his feast day:  St. Nicholas and Your Shoes! A St. Nicholas Day Tradition.

St. Nicholas Feast Day

A Prayer to Saint Nicholas of Myra

O good St. 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,

when true joy and peace are found. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Nicholas

This article has been updated and was originally published in December 2014. Copyright © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.


Thank you so much saint Nicholas for your continued intercession.
doreen says
Dec 6 2018 8:44PM
please pray st nick that god will send me a good neighbor next door as I have been dealing with [bad] neighbors. we do not have the money to move and dealing with a brain tumour pray for me and my family for healing safety and good people to bless our lives with and good neighbors that are kind and respectful thank you so much dear saint
doreen says
Dec 2 2018 4:53PM
dearest st Nick pray for me and my family healing and return to faith and blesses me with good neighbors that are respectful that love our lord and blessed mother and remove the bad neighbor please and his family .it been hell leaving across the street form them as evil seems to be their mission and return to good health . thank you it will take a miracle.
Lisa Njeru says
Nov 18 2018 10:36PM
Holy St Nicholas, guide Ivy. Make a straight path for her. Protect her from all evil especially Alicia and Lizzie and give her teachers and caregivers wisdom to understand her needs. Amen and Thank you
Jeannine JODHAN says
Jul 30 2018 11:04PM
jj - please pray for me to meet my life partner and get married soon.
Pray for my family will have a safe and good night and good night sleep.Pray for .AF made the right decision on going to bridal shower. Pray for Alysha baby shower turns out good and many people will be there. Pray for my marriage and family. Pray for vacation will be safe,fun,holy and healthy for all of us. Pray for protection for A.F and family,friends and neighborhood. A.F can get bedroom in order. Babysitting goes well. Pray for Alysha and Liz and all women will have a safe,healthy pregnancy,delivery and healthy and normal baby. Pray for Liz,Michele,Marie, AF.G.F heart and health problems. Pray for Wendi,Stacey,Kris,Nancy,Kathy,Julie,Jan,Sandy B, Sandy T, Julie,Jan, Dawn,Donna and some women, family and friends stay away from G.F and vice versa.
Magalie says
Mar 5 2018 9:21AM
My daughter 4years not talking yet I believe my father saint Nicola you will help my daughter before this year end she'll talk ,the devil is a liar please saint Nicola I need you today not tomorrow not next year today my little angel need you
Magalie says
Mar 5 2018 9:13AM
Saint Nicolas help me with my marriage after 9years tears come back please help me my little daughter help her she needs you more my family need you please saint Nicola
Sonya says
Jan 28 2018 1:30PM
St. Nicholas, bless my finances, help me to wipe away all debt and have plenty left over to help others. Help my business grow by leaps and bounds by sending me customers that need my services and business partners that are honest and true. I thank you in advance for this remarkable blessing.
Vera says
Dec 6 2017 12:52PM
Holy most St. Nicholas, on your feast day please intercede for me please protect my daughter Marcella, please keep her safe from harm or evil. May she have continued good health, may her school year be successful and stress free. Amen.
6th December is my birthday and I pray that I get my very one wish granted to me by St Nicholas.
francisca says
Dec 4 2017 8:04AM
St Nicholas please bless me and my siblings loved ones and families Help us please We need you
Thanks St. Nicholas, for your intervention..
neethu says
Apr 25 2017 11:21AM
I'm requesting prayer for me to meet my life partner and be blessed with marriage as soon as possible . And also to get me a satisfactory job and for my other special intentions
Thank you for all prayers answered.St Nicholas.T.G.
St Nicholas.I would Libe yo thank you for all of my prayers you have answered.Hoy are a wonderful Saint.I Williams encourage any one praying for there child or children.Please Koikili yo St Nicholas prayer.Particulary the prayer listed St Nicholas prayer Get Fed.You Williams finde it on the Internet.Thank you again St Nicholas.T.G.
Bahati Nicholas says
Mar 30 2017 1:36PM
pray for me st Nicholas
Valerie says
Jun 26 2016 6:58PM
Holy Nicholas, please guide and guard the little one I know only as Gideon. Make straight his path and inspire his caregivers with the wisdom to understand his needs.
Veronica says
Dec 6 2014 2:23PM
When my siblings and I were younger, our mom would tell us to leave out our slippers for St. Nicholas the night before Dec 6. When we woke up the next day our slippers were filled with small wrapped chocolates, nuts in their shells and an apple and orange each. Our mom would tell us about the secret acts of giving by St. Nick and how he became known as Santa Claus or Sinterklass. My brother and sister continue this tradition with their families and since I don't have children, I return the favor and surprise my mom with a "visit" from St. Nick.

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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