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Saint Nicholas of Tolentino


This Nicholas is called Nicholas of Tolentino, because he lived in that town for the most part of his life, working in the slums. He was born at the town of Sant-Angelo, in the March of Ancona, about the year 1245. His parents were godly folk, but childless. And in their desire to have a son who would faithfully serve God, they made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Nicholas at Bari. Therefore when their son was born, they named him Nicholas. This same grew up a godly lad, and was a choir-boy, and loved to sing the Divine Office.

One day he chanced to hear a sermon upon contempt of the world, delivered by an Augustinian friar, and was so moved by it that he became a friar-priest of that Order, and therein made much progress in holiness. Then he went to the monastery at Tolentino, where he was sent forth to preach in the streets. Thus he became the apostle of the slums in that city. Great was his power as a preacher of the Gospel, so that many were brought to repentance, albeit some hated him, and opposed him. For it was said that the words which came from his lips fell like burning flames.

Thus did he spend his life amongst the lowly, composing quarrels, rescuing children, reforming the corrupt, nursing the sick and ofttimes healing them, comforting the dying, and shriving the sinners. And always he was a man of great prayer. For nearly a year before his death he was grievously sick, but once he roused himself, and went forth from his sick bed, to confess a penitent whom he knew would conceal his deadly sins from any priest but himself. He went to God on September 10th, probably in 1305, famous for wondrous deeds of kindness and humility, and in 1446 his name was enrolled among those of the Saints.

ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications which we make before thee on the feast of blessed Nicholas, thy holy Confessor; that we who put not our trust in our own righteousness, may be succoured by the prayers of him that found favor in thy sight. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1422-1423

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