We serve the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Nicholas.
Troparion — Tone 4
In truth thou wast revealed to thy flock as a rule of faith, / an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; / thy humility exalted thee; / thy poverty enriched thee. / Hierarch Father Nicholas, / entreat Christ our God / that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion — Tone 3
Thou has revealed thyself, O saint, in Myra as a priest, / For thou fulfilled the Gospel of Christ / By giving up thy soul for thy people, / And saving the innocent from death. / Therefore thou art blessed as one become wise in the grace of God.
Divine Liturgy is the most significant ancient Christian service and at the center of the inspiration of the first Christians in their communion with God and one another. Liturgy begins with the words "Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages". We are called to attention before the Heavenly Kingdom, to "lay aside all earthly cares" for it is now "time for the Lord to act".