Státuit ei Dóminus testaméntum pacis, et príncipem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdótii dignitas in ætérnum
Meménto, Dómine, David: et omnis mansuetúdinis eius.
The Lord made a covenant of friendship with him, and made him a prince; that he should possess the dignity of priesthood forever.
Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness.
December 6—ST. NICHOLAS OF BARI
ST. NICHOLAS, the patron Saint of Russia, was born toward the end of the third century. His uncle, the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, ordained him priest, and appointed him abbot of a monastery; and on the death of the archbishop he was elected to the vacant see. Throughout his life he retained the bright and guileless manners of his early years, and showed himself the special protector of the innocent and the wronged. Nicholas once heard that a person who had fallen into poverty intended to abandon his three daughters to a life of sin. Determined, if possible, to save their innocence, the Saint went out by night, and, taking with him a bag of gold, flung it into the window of the sleeping father and hurried off. He, on awaking, deemed the gift a godsend, and with it dowered his eldest child. The Saint, overjoyed at his success, made like venture for the second daughter; but the third time as he stole away, the father, who was watching, overtook him and kissed his feet, saying: “Nicholas, why dost thou conceal thyself from me? Thou art my helper, and he who has delivered my soul and my daughters’ from hell.” St. Nicholas is usually represented by the side of a vessel, wherein a certain man had concealed the bodies of his three children whom he had killed, but who were restored to life by the Saint. He died in 342. His relics were translated in 1807, to Bari, Italy, and there, after fifteen centuries, “the manna of St. Nicholas” still flows from his bones and heals all kinds of sick.
Reflection.—Those who would enter heaven must be as little children, whose greatest glory is their innocence. Now, two things are ours to do: first, to preserve it in ourselves, or regain it by penance; secondly, to love and shield it in others.
Deus, qui beátum Nicoláum Pontíficem innúmeris decorásti miráculis: tríbue, quǽsumus; ut eius méritis et précibus O God, You who made the holy Bishop Nicholas renowned for countless miracles, grant, we beseech You, that by his merits and prayers we may be saved from the fires of hell.a gehénnæ incéndiis liberémur.
Sanctífica, quǽsumus, Dómine Deus, hæc múnera, quæ in sollemnitáte sancti Antístitis tui Nicolái offérimus: ut per ea vita nostra inter advérsa et próspera úbique dirigátur.
Sanctify, we beseech You, O Lord God, the gifts we offer on the feast of Your holy Bishop, Nicholas, that through them our life, whether in fortune or misfortune, may be directed aright.
Sacrifícia, quæ súmpsimus, Dómine, pro sollemnitáte sancti Pontíficis tui Nicolái, sempitérna nos protectióne consérvent.
May the sacrifice in which we have shared on the feast of Your holy Bishop Nicholas guard us with its lasting protection.