St. Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes

Excerpted from "Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home," by Edward Hays. Forest of Peace Publishing, c2000. Used with permission.

Good St. Nicholas, we honor you

on this your holy feast day.

We rejoice that you are the patron saint

and the holy symbol of joy

for many peoples of many lands.

Come, great-hearted saint,

and be our patron and companion

as we, once again, prepare our homes and hearts

for the great feast of Christmas,

the birth of the Eternal Blessing, Jesus Christ.

May these sweets, these candy canes,

be a sign of Advent joy for us.

May these candy canes,


shaped just like your Bishop's staff,

be for us a sign of your benevolent care.

We rejoice that you are the holy bringer of gifts

and that so many have been delighted

through your great generosity.

Help us to be as generous of heart.

Wherever these candy canes are hung,

on tree or wall or door,

may they carry with them

the bright blessing of God.

May all who shall taste them

experience the joy of God

upon their tongues and in their hearts.

We ask God, now, to bless

these your brightly striped sweets

in the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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