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,


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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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Edward Hays
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