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December 6th
Saint Nicholas of Myra, Bishop and Confessor

[Latin Text]

Introit:  Ecclus. vl: 30

The Lord made a covenant of friendship with him, and made him a prince; that he should possess the dignity of priesthood forever. [Ps. cxxxi]  Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness.  Glory be.  The Lord.


O God, who didst adorn by the working of countless miracles the holy Bishop Nicholas: grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits and prayers we may be delivered from the flames of hell.  Through our Lord.

Commemoration of the Feria

Epistle:  Hebrews xiii: 7-17

A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews:
Brethren, remember your superiors who have spoken the word of God to you.  Consider how they ended their lives, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today, yes and forever.  Do not be led away by various and strange doctrines.  For it is good to make steadfast the heart by grace, not by foods in which those who walked found no profit.  We have an altar from which they have no right to eat who serve the tabernacle.  For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the Holies by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp; and so Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people by His Blood, suffered outside the gate.  Let us therefore go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach; for here we have no permanent city, but we seek for the city that is to come.  Through Him, therefore, let us offer up a sacrifice of praise always to God, that is, fruit of lips praising His name.  And do not forget kindness and charity, for by such sacrifices God's favor is obtained.  Obey your superiors and be subject to them, for they keep watch as having to render an account of your souls.

Gradual:  Ps lxxxviii: 21-23

I have found David, My servant; with My holy oil I have anointed him, that my hand may always be with him and theat My arm may make him strong.  No enemy shall deceive him, nor shall the wicked afflict him.  (Ps. xci: 13)  Alleluia, alleluia, The just man shall flourish like the palm tree, like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow.  Alleluia.

Gospel:  Matthew 25: 14-23

The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples:  "A man going abroad, called his servants and handed over to them his goods.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his particular ability, and then he went on his journey.  And he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more.  In like manner, he who had received the two gained two more.  But he who had received the one went away and dug in the earth and hid his master's money.  Then after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  And he who had received the five talents came, and brought five other talents, saying, 'Master, thou handed over to me five talents; behold, I have gained five, more in addition.'  His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many; enter into the joy of thy master.  And also he who had received the two talents came, and said, 'Master, thou handed over to me two talents; behold, I have gained two more.'  His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many; enter into the joy of thy master.

Offertory:  Ps. lxxxviii: 25

My faithfulness and My kindness shall be with him, and through My name shall his horn be exalted.


O Lord God, sanctify, we beseech Thee, these gifts which we offer up on the feast of Thy Bishop Nicholas, that through them our life may ever be directed in adversity and in prosperity.  Through our Lord.

Commemoration of the Feria
Praefatio Communis

Communion: Ps. lxxxviii

Once, by My holiness, have I sworn; his posterity shall continue forever, and his throne shall be like the sun before Me;  like the moon, which remains forever, a faithful witness in the sky.


May the sacrifices which we have received, O Lord, on this festival of Thy holy Bishop Nicholas, preserve and protect us forevermore.

Commemoration of the Feria



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