Throughout his life, St Nicholas set an example of a true spiritual director wholly devoted to his ministry. He was a man of inexhaustible energy, firm commitment, and outstanding efficiency. He said once: "I consider it inappropriate for a missionary to retire unless he is totally unable to serve. I have never tried on a 'robe de chambre,' not even in my dreams. I would better die on the field where God's Providence destined me to plough and sow."
[[Image:StNicholasJapanGrave.jpg|thumb|right|175pxl|Grave of St. Nicholas of Japan in the Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo, Japan]] These words fully reflect his human nature. His private life was that of an [[asceticism|ascetic]]. He never tried to perform any special feat, but rather surrendered his entire soul to God. His life was marked with hardships and willfulness, self-appraisals and tiredness, and the feebleness of an old man. However, the saint' s life was a clear manifestation of success in overcoming these hardships through the fulfilment of [[Christ]]' s commandments, shown to the whole world.
On [[ February 3]], 1912, Archbishop Nicholas, the enlightener of Japan, peacefully reposed in the Lord at the age of 75, to be succeeded by his assistant the future Metropolitan [[Sergius (Tikhomirov) of Japan]]. On [[ April 10]], 1970, the Church of Russia headed by [[Patriarch]] [[Alexei I (Simansky) of Moscow|Alexis I]] of Moscow and all Russia decided to [[glorification|glorify]] Archbishop Nicholas naming him [[Equal- to-the-Apostles]]. Among the Orthodox, in Japan especially, St Nicholas is now [[veneration|venerated]] as a man of great sanctity and a special [[ intercession|intercessor]] with the Lord.
==Hymn==[[ Troparion]] ( Tone 4)
O holy Saint Nicholas, the [[ Enlightener]] of Japan,: You share the dignity and the throne of the [[ Apostles]]:: You are a wise and faithful servant of [[ Christ]],: A temple chosen by the Divine Spirit,: A vessel overflowing with the love of Christ.: O [[ hierarch]] [[Equal-to-the-Apostles|equal to the Apostles]],: Pray to the life- creating [[ Trinity]]: For all your flock and for the whole world.