Hear, O Lord, the prayer which we offer you,
made worthy by the intercession of your faithful servant
and our protector St. Nicholas
whose witness during life on earth was pleasing to you
as his prayer is now in heaven.
We recognize our weaknesses and our sins,
but we trust in the fraternal aid of St. Nicholas
whom you, O Lord, wished to raise up in our midst
as a sign and instrument of your providence.
Sustain us with your prayer, O St. Nicholas,
and do not abandon us,
because we who invoke you as protector
know that in you we have a valid model of Christian life
and a powerful incentive
for advancing in goodness and virtue.
We desire to have, O St. Nicholas,
your faith, your hope and your charity
in order to be more grateful to the Lord,
and worthier to be heard,
but finding ourselves so poor
we trust in the infinite goodness
and mercy of the Lord obtained
for us by your powerful intercession.