St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

St. Nicholas
December 6/19, 2003

by Fr. Rodney Torbic


Today the Orthodox Christian world celebrates St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia. The world remembers St. Nicholas in a spirit of love and charity.

The world remembers St. Nicholas for steadfastness in faith. The world remembers St. Nicholas for embodying and giving definition to the Christian Faith.

More than sixteen and a half centuries have passed and the memory of St. Nicholas remains strong. Attention to St. Nicholas continues in all parts of the world. St. Nicholas is the subject of interest not only to Orthodox Christians. St. Nicholas is of interest to many others in the Western world.

The Gospel reading for the Feast of St. Nicholas centers on words of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Beatitudes. (Lk. 6:17-23) The poor, the hungry, those who weep and the reviled are the subject of Jesus' attention.

Hunger for Christ is an inner longing. Hunger for Christ is a longing for the peace passing all understanding. (Phil. 4:4) Hunger for Christ is a desire for the confidence and steadfastness of faith embodied in St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas' stand for Christ and his life in Christ have endured centuries of examination and attention. St. Nicholas remains firmly in place in the life of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Many Serbian Orthodox Christians associate their Christian identity with St. Nicholas. Many Serbian Orthodox Christians treat St. Nicholas Day with a special reverence and importance in their lives.

The love of God shines through the centuries and is not extinguishible. The love of God is not hidden and cast aside. The love of God is revealed in the lives of the saints.

Believers find great joy in the love of God. Believers find great joy in the saints who map the road to the Kingdom of God. Believers learn from the saints, draw strength from them and seek their intercession with the Lord God.

Saints such as St. Nicholas teach us to remain strong in the face of great adversity. Saints such as St. Nicholas teach us to use our wealth for purpose of good. Saints such as St. Nicholas teach us to be charitable in secret, not seeking attention for ourselves, but giving glory to God.

We honor St. Nicholas when we strive to incorporate into our lives the Christian virtues for which St. Nicholas is known. We honor St. Nicholas when we are faithful to Christ, as St. Nicholas was faithful to Christ. We honor St. Nicholas when we are faithful to the Holy Orthodox Church, as St. Nicholas was faithful to the Holy Orthodox Church.

We have reasons today to be thankful to St. Nicholas. We have reasons today to study the life of St. Nicholas with the greatest of care. We have reasons today to pray and to be in the Holy Orthodox Church at the Divine Liturgy.

The Divine Liturgy on the Feast of St. Nicholas unites us with Christ as we partake of His Precious Body and Blood. The Divine Liturgy on the Feast of St. Nicholas unites us with the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant.

We experience the fullness of the Feast of St. Nicholas in the Divine Liturgy. We experience the joy of Christ St. Nicholas found and brought to many others in the Divine Liturgy. By the prayers of St. Nicholas may we be saved.

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