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Hymns for the feast of St Nicholas of Myra (6 December)

This is a selection of hymns for the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra, which is celebrated in the Western church on 6 December each year.

The hymn suggestions below are either directly about Nicholas, or based on the themes from his life and ministry.

About St Nicholas

Nicholas is patron saint of sailors, children, bakers and pawnbrokers. He is the inspiration for the American Santa Claus and the the British Father Christmas - even though the traditions of giving presents have moved from Nicholas' feast day to Christmas Day in these cultures. And his feast day is still still the traditional gift-giving day in Eastern European / Orthodox cultures.

He was born at Patara in Lycia in the fourth century. After he was chosen as bishop of Myra, he became famous for his holiness and miracles. Some writers say he was at the Council of Nicaea and condemned someone for heresy there. There are legends about him and t it's not at all clear which are true. However he is very popular as a saint, and the legends have provided material for many contemporary songs about him.