Today is the Feast of St. Nikolai of Zhicha. While he was born and lived much of his life in Serbia, his work in America, including several years at St. Tikhon's Seminary, more than qualifies him to also be an 'American' saint.
Troparion — Tone 8
O golden-tongued preacher proclaiming the risen Christ, / Everlasting guide of the cross-bearing Serbian people, / Resounding harp of the Holy Spirit, and dear to monastics who rejoice in you, / Pride and boast of the priesthood, teacher of repentance, master for all nations, / Guide of those in the army of Christ as they pray to God, / Holy Nicholas teacher in America and pride of the Serbian people, / With all the saints, implore the only Lover of mankind / To grant us peace and joy in his heavenly kingdom!
Troparion — Tone 4
In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, / an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; / your humility exalted you; your poverty enriched you. / Hierarch Father Nicholai, / entreat Christ our God / that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion — Tone 3
Born at Lelich in Serbia, / you served as archpastor at the church of Saint Nahum in Ochrid. / You presided on the throne of Saint Sava at Zhicha, / teaching the people of God and enlightening them with the Gospel, / bringing them to repentance and love for Christ. / And for His sake you endured suffering at Dachau. / Therefore, Nicholai, we glorify you as one newly well pleasing to God.
Images of St. Nikolai Velimirovich
All of these photos but one (walking among the trees taken at Lilbertyville, IL during the same time frame) are from St. Nikolai's time at St. Tikhon's Seminary.
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