the joy of the children, put in my
heart the spirit of childhood, which
the gospel speaks, and teach me to
seed happiness around me. You,
whose feast prepares us for Christmas,
open my faith
to the mystery of Godmade man.
You, good bishop and shepherd, help
me to find my place in the Church and
inspire the church to be faithful
to the gospel.
O good Saint Nicholas,
patron of children,
sailors and the helpless,
watch over those who pray to Jesus,
your Lord and theirs,
as well as over those who humble
themselves before you.
Bring us all in reverence
to the Holy Child of Bethelehem,
when true joy and peace are found.