Excerpt from the Encomium to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker by St. Andrew of Crete (amateur translation)
O man of God and faithful healer, and steward of the mysteries of Christ, and man of desires of the spirit: receive from us this word offered as a gift, and grant grace to us, who take refuge in your paradoxical and fervent help. We therefore call you a pillar and foundation of the Church, and a light in the world due to the life you led. For many keys of virtue were granted to you, and no good things have escaped you, O perfect shepherd, and all-famed archpriest Nicholas. For in the golden treasury, your blessed soul clearly shines as most-precious stones founded by virtue, honored by all under the sun. For like a lamp placed upon a high stand, which shines with golden light upon the ends of the earth, were you previously on the archpriestly throne, unsurpassed, adorned with the true light of Christ, shining throughout the world as in a dark place. And all are shepherded by you towards the light without night, as you shine as a torch-bearer. In your uplifted position, you are not only seen by those who approach you, but by those who have fallen into error by their spirit of knowledge, upon whom you shine with your light. For your angelic way of life was truly uplifted. You, the pure one, your godly-vision of things divine has truly rung out like a cry, reaching the vault of the heavens, and has gathered all. They have come to behold your many forms of virtues, from which your practical philosophy has gathered, as to your own honeycomb, from the various lives of the Saints, being therefore utterly sprinkled with virtues. For which of the virtues of the Saints were you not zealous for, O Father? Or which of the fragrances did you not rapidly pour forth? Or who equaled you in the virtues which you experienced, with which you were filled?