|You were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith; an image of meekness and a teacher of abstinence. Your humility exalted you. Your poverty enriched you. O holy bishop Nicholas, pray to Christ our God that our souls may be saved.|
Our first Saint Nicholas day as Orthodox Christians.
On the Sunday before we stayed behind to help decorate the church. The kids and some of the mothers decorated inside the hall where we have the feast. We even put on Christmas music. My husband and another father friend put up lights outside, climbing ladders and all. Inside the church people were putting up green boughs over the doors and behind the cross. Father Stephan and the choir practised the hymns for our parish feast day and a visit from Right Rev. Benjamin, our Bishop.
The nourishing environment of the church can hardly be described. In my whole life I have never felt so invited to be a part of something.