I have the troparion to St. Nicholas running through my head. But not the one you might think.
It starts out all right. And it's in the fourth tone.
But then it gets a little odd.O Holy Bishop NicholasYou appeared to your flock as a rule of faith
You give us lots of presents.Hmm... I guess the final line, though unorthodox (pun intended?), may at least be factually correct:
You are the most famous Nicholas in the whole world.Well.
As you might have guessed, we caught one of the kids (Maggie) singing this version (chanting it in the third tone would be more precise) a while back. We died laughing. I think we'll work on what he's really famous for when the girls wake up.
See the feast day boxes from Orthodox Christian Craft Supply nestled behind their shoes? Those will help. Oh, and don't worry: Mommy and Daddy will help John with the contents of his shoes.
In case you were wondering, the correct lines to our translation of the troparion are as follows:
O Holy Bishop Nicholas,
You appeared to your flock as a rule of faith.
An image of humility
And a teacher of abstinence.
Because of your lowliness, heaven was opened to you,
Because of your poverty, riches were granted to you.
Pray to Christ our God to save our souls.