Double Feast of Saint Nicholas, Bishop and Confessor

White Vestments

Missa "Statuit ei Dominus"

        Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Asia Minor, was born at Parara, a city of Lycia in the same province sometime either late in the third century or early in the fourth. In his youth he made a pilgrimage to Egypt and Palestine; shortly after his return he became Bishop of Myra Later, he was cast into prison during the persecution of Diocletian. With the accession of Constantine, he was released and was present at the Council of Nicaea.

        From the childlike innocence of his own life and his devout care for the young, is looked upon as the patron of children. He died in the middle of the Fourth Century. Though he is one of the most popular saints in the Greek as well as the Latin Church, there is scarcely anything historically certain about him except the following:

        Some seven hundred years after his death in 1087 his holy relics were translated to Bari in Italy being rescued after robbers had stolen his remains. Because of the power he exercised over flames, it has been passed down through tradition that we pray that through his intercession we may be preserved from the flames of hell. He is remembered for the money which he threw in a window that three young girls might have a dowry for their marriage. Because of this gift his name has become associated with giving and children thank Santa Claus (or St. Nicholas) for their presents at Christmastime.

        The numerous miracles St. Nicholas is said to have wrought, both before and after his death, are outgrowths of a long tradition. There is reason to doubt his presence at Nicaea, since his name is not mentioned in any of the old lists of bishops that attended this council, though historians claim he was present. His cult in the Greek Church is old and especially popular in Russia. As early as the sixth century Emperor Justinian I built a church in his honor at Constantinople, and his name occurs in the liturgy ascribed to St. John Chrysostom.

        In Italy his cult seems to have begun with the translation of his relics to Bari, but in Germany it began already under Otto II, probably because his wife Theophano was a Grecian. Bishop Reginald of Eichstaedt, who died in 991, is known to have written a metric, "Vita S. Nicholai."

        The course of centuries has not lessened his popularity. The following places honor him as patron: Greece, Russia, the Kingdom of Naples, Sicily, Lorraine, the Diocese of Liège; many cities in Italy, Germany, Austria, and Belgium; Campen in the Netherlands; Corfu in Greece; Freiburg in Switzerland; and Moscow in Russia. He is patron of mariners, merchants, bakers, travellers, children, etc. His representations in art are as various as his alleged miracles. In Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, they have the custom of making him the secret purveyor of gifts to children on December 6th, the day on which the Church celebrates his feast.

        In the United States and some other countries where materialism has eclipsed the true meaning of Christmas and Advent, St. Nicholas has become identified with Santa Claus and his holiness overlooked in favor of hs humanistic tendencies to giving children gifts to satiate their appetites that have grown out of control as society has turned toward the darkness. It is something a saint would never countenance. St. Nicholas' relics are still preserved in the church of San Nicola in Bari; up to the present day an oily substance, known as Manna di Sante Nicola, which is highly valued for its medicinal powers, is said to flow from them.

      Resources: We are grateful to Friends of Our Lady of Fatima for providing the Propers for the faithful. Sources: Saint Andrew Daily Missal and the Marian Missal , 1945

Missa "Statuit ei Dominus"


INTROIT:   Ecclesiasticus 45: 30
      Statuit ei Dominus testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in aeternum. (Ps. 131: 1 ) Memento Domine, David: et omnis mansuetudinus ejus. V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
      RepeatStatuit ei Dominus...
      The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince: that the dignity of priesthood should be to him for ever. (Ps. 131: 1) O Lord, remember David: and all his meekness. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
      RepeatSimon Peter, If thou lovest Me...
      Dominus vobiscum. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

      Oremus. Deus, qui beátum Nicoláum Pontíficem ínnúmeris decorásti miráculis: tríbue quæsumus; ut ejus méritis et précibus, a gehénnæ incéndìis liberémur. Per Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
      Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
      R. Amen.

      The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.

      Let us pray. O God, Who didst adorn blessed Nicholas, the bishop, with miracles unnumbered, grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits and prayers we may be delivered from the fires of hell. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
      Forever and ever.

      EPISTLE:   Hebrews 13: 7-17
      Léctio Epístolæ beáti Pauli Apóstoli ad Hebráeos. Fratres: Mementóte præpositórum vestrórum, qui vobis locúti sunt verbum Dei: quorum intuéntes éxitum conversatiónis, imitámíni fidem. Jesus Chrístus heri, et hódie: ipse et in sæcula. Doctrínis váriis et peregrínis nolíte abdúci. Optimum est enini grátia stabilíre cor, non escis, quie non profuérunt ambulántibus in eis. Habémus altáre, de quo édere non habent potestátem, qui tabernáculo desérviunt. Quorum enim animálium infértur sanguis pro peccáto in Sancta per pontíficem, horum córpora cremántur extra castra. Propter quod et Jesus, ut sanctificáret per suum sánguinem pópulum, extra portam passus est. Exeámus igitur ad eum extra castra, ímpropérium ejus portántes. Non enim habémus hic manéntem civitátem, sed futúram inquírimus. Per ipsum ergo offerámus hóstiam laudis semper Deo, id est, fructum labiórum confiténtitium nómini ejus. Benefìcéntiæ autem, et communiónis nolíte oblivísci: tálibus enim hóstíís promerétur Deus. Obedíte præpósitis vestris, et subjacéte eis. Ipsi enim pervígilant, quasi ratiónem pro animábus vestris redditúri.
      Deo Gratias.
      Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews. Brethren, remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ yesterday, and today, and the same forever. Be not led away with various and strange doctrines: for it is best that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited those that walk in them We have an altar, whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the Holies by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people by His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore to Him without the camp, bearing His reproach: for we have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is to come. By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always, to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to His name. And do not forget to do good and to impart: for by such sacrifices God's favor is obtained. Obey your prelates, and be subject to them; for they watch, as being to render an account for your souls.
      Thanks be to God.

      GRADUAL: Psalm 88: 21-23
      Invéni David servum meum, óleo sancto meo unxi eum: manus enim mea auxiliábitur ei, et bráchium meum confortabitá earn. V. Nihil profíciet inimícus in eo, et fílius iniquitátis non nocébit ei. Allelúja, allelúja. V. (Ps. 109: 4) Tu es sacérdos in ætérnum, secúndum órdinem Melchísedech. Allelúia.
      I have found David, My servant; with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. V. The enemy shall have no advantage over him, nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him. Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Ps. 109: 4) Thou art a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech.

      GOSPEL:    Luke 14: 26-33
      Dominus vobiscum.
      R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
      Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Lucam.
      R.Gloria tibi, Domine

      In illo témpore Dixit Jesus turbis: "Si quis venit ad me, et non odit patrem suum, et matrem, et uxórem, et fílios, et fratres, et soróres, adhuc autem et ánimam suam, non potest meus esse discípulus. Et qui non bájulat crucem suam, et venit post me, non potest meus esse discípulus. Quis enim ex vobis volens turrim ædificáre, non prius sedens cómputat sumptus, qui necessárii sunt, si hábeat ad perficiéndum; ne posteáquam posúerit fundaméntum, et non potúerit perfícere, omnes, qui vident, incipiant illúdere ei, dicéntes: Quia hic homo coepit ædificáre et non pótuit consummáre? Aut quis rex itérus commíttere bellum advérsus álium regem, non sedens prius cógitat, si possit cum decem míllibus occúrrere ei, qui cum vigínti míllibus venit ad se? Alióquin, adhuc illo longe agénte, legatiónem mittens, rogat ea, quæ pacis sunt. Sic ergo omnis ex vobis, qui non renúntiat ómnibus, quæ póssidet, non potest meus esse discípulus.
      Laus tibi Christe.

      The Lord be with you.
      R. And with thy spirit.
      The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke. R. Glory to Thee, O Lord

      At that time, Jesus said to the multitudes: "If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple. For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it; lest after he hath laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock him, saying: This man began to build, and was not able to finish? Or what king about to go and make war against another king, doth not first sit down and think whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that with twenty thousand cometh against him? Or else, whilst the other is yet afar off, sending an embassy, he desireth conditions of peace. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be My disciple.
      Praise be to Christ

      OFFERTORY:    Ps 88: 25
      Dominus vobiscum.
      R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

      Véritas mea, et misericórdia mea cum ipso: et in nómine meo exaltábitur cornu ejus.
      The Lord be with you.
      R. And with thy spirit.

      My truth and mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
      Sanctífica, quæsumus, Dómine Deus, hæc múnera, quæ in solemnitáte sancti Antístitis tui Nicolái offérimus: ut per ea, vita nostra inter advérsa et próspera ubíque dirigátur. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
      Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
      R. Amen.
      Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, these gifts, which we offer on the solemnity of Thy holy bishop, Nicholas, that through them our lives, whether in adversity or in prosperity, may everywhere be guided aright. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
      Forever and ever.

      PREFACE   Common Preface
      Dominus vobiscum.
      R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
      Sursum corda.
      R.Habemus ad Dominum.
      Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
      R. Dignum et justum est.

      Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos Tibi simper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: per Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem Tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates, Coeli, Coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim socia exultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti, jubeas, supplici confessione dicentes:
      The Lord be with you.
      R. And with thy spirit.
      Lift up your hearts.
      R.We have lifted them up to the Lord.
      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
      R. It is meet and just.

      It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: through Christ our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the Heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee, that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say in lowly praise:
      HOLY, HOLY, HOLY...

      COMMUNION:    Psalm 88: 36-38
      Semel jurávi in sancto meo: semen ejus in ætérnum manébit, et sedes ejus sicut sol in conspéctu meo, et sicut luna perfécta in ætérnum, et testis in coelo fidélis.
      Once have I sworn by My holiness, his seed shall endure forever: and his throne as the sun before Me, and as the moon perfect forever; and a faithful witness in Heaven.

      Dominus vobiscum.
      R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
      Sacrifícia, quæ súmpsimus, Dómine, pro solemnitáte sancti Pontíficis tui Nicolái, sempitérna nos protectióne consérvent. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum, Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
      Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
      R. Amen.
      The Lord be with you.
      R. And with thy spirit.
      Let us pray.
      May the sacrifices of which we have partaken, O Lord, to honor the feast of Thy holy bishop, Nicholas, preserve us with their protection forevermore. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God
      For ever and ever.
      R. Amen.

      Feast of St. Nicholas