The Legend of St Nicholas in Liturgy and Art

Posted December 6, 2017 9:48 pm by Gregory DiPippo

The Legend of St Nicholas in Liturgy and Art

The traditional Roman liturgy assigns to the feast of St Nicholas the common Office of Confessor Bishops Ecce sacerdos magnus, with the proper lessons at Matins recounting his life, and the common Mass Statuit, with proper prayers. The Collect of his feast refers to the “innumerable miracles” wrought through his intercession, for which he is often called by the Byzantines “the Wonderworker”; the Secret is borrowed from the Mass of the first Confessor Bishop venerated in the West, St Martin.A Russian icon of St Nicholas, painted ca. 1500-50, showing episodes from his life and his miracles in the small panels

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