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St. '''Nicholas (Planas)''' (1851-1932), was officially recognized as a [[saint]] by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of [[Constantinople]] in 1992. He was born in 1851 on the island of Naxos in Greece and is often referred to as ''Papa Nicholas (Planas)'' His feast day is celebrated on [[March 2]] except when it falls during the great Lenten period; then it is celebrated on the first Sunday following March 2. As a topical saint of [[Metropolis of Paranaxos|Paranaxos]], he is also celebrated on the first Sunday of September, as part of the celebration of the islands five key saints at the Church of [[St. Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain]] on the island of Naxos in Greece.
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[[Image:NicholasPlanas.JPG|thumb|right|Icon of Papa Nicholas Planas in the church of Panagitsa, Paleo Faliro, Athens]]
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The holy saint '''Papa-Nicholas (Planas)''' of Athens (1851-1932) was officially [[glorification|glorified]] as a [[saint]] by the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] of [[Constantinople]] in 1992. He was born in 1851 on the island of Naxos in Greece. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[March 2]], except when it falls during [[Great Lent]] period; then it is celebrated on the first Sunday following March 2. As a local saint of [[Metropolis of Paronaxia|Paronaxia]], he is also celebrated on the first Sunday of September, as part of the celebration of the island's five key saints at the Church of St. [[Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain]] on the island of Naxos in Greece.
  
 
==Life==
 
==Life==
Papa-Nicholas was married and the father of one child. He was married at 17, but his wife died only a few years later and spent the rest of his life in celibacy with his only aspiration to serve the church. He was ordained a deacon in [[July 28]] 1879, at the [[Church of the Transfiguration (Plaka, Greece)|Church of the Transfiguration]] in Plaka of Greece and a [[priest]] on [[March 2]] 1884 the ''Church of the Holy Prophet Elisha''.  
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Papa Nicholas was married and the father of one child. He was married at 17, but his wife died only a few years later, and so he spent the rest of his life in celibacy, his only aspiration being to serve the Church. He was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] on [[July 28]], 1879, at the [[Church of the Transfiguration (Plaka, Greece)|Church of the Transfiguration]] in Plaka, Greece, and a [[priest]] on [[March 2]], 1884, at the Church of the Holy Prophet Elisha.
  
His focus, for over 50 years, was to serve daily the Divine Liturgy, vigils and other services. He never missed a liturgy and spent most of his time in the very small church of [[St. John the Hunter]] in Athens of Greece. The [[parish]] initially contained only eight families. He never refused to commemorate and pray for anyone when he served, and carried in his pockets slips of paper containing thousands of names that he would pray for during the proskomedia and the Liturgy.
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His focus for over 50 years was to serve daily the [[Divine Liturgy]], vigils, and other services. He never missed a Liturgy and spent most of his time in the very small church of [[Church of St. John the Hunter (Athens, Greece)|Church of St. John the Hunter]] in Athens, Greece. The [[parish]] initially contained only eight families. He never refused to commemorate and pray for anyone when he served, and he carried in his pockets slips of paper containing thousands of names whom he would pray for during the [[proskomedia]] and the Liturgy.
  
Numerous stories are told of his being lifted in prayer and that the [[altar]] servers would see him raised off the ground in front of the altar during the [[liturgy]]. While he would begin Liturgy at eight in the morning, he typically would not finish until two or three in the afternoon. When he was not able to serve at the church of St. John, he would always serve elsewhere.
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[[Image:Planas5h.JPG|thumb|right|Holy relics of Papa Nicholas Planas in Athens]]
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Numerous stories are told of his being lifted in [[prayer]] and of the [[acolyte]]s seing him raised off the ground in front of the altar during the Liturgy. While he would begin Liturgy at eight in the morning, he typically would not finish until two or three in the afternoon. When he was not able to serve at the church of St. John, he would always serve elsewhere.
  
He was famously absent minded and was also well known for giving to the poor anything that anyone might give him. He was not an educated man but was considered immensely enlightened, who showed by way of example, great holiness and humility; examples of theosis.
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He was famously absent-minded and was also well known for giving to the poor anything that anyone might give him. He was not an educated man but was considered immensely enlightened, an example of great holiness and humility.
 
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He reposed February of 1932 and a new St. John the Hunter Church has been built, which contain his [[relics]].
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He reposed in February 1932. A new St. John the Hunter Church, which contains his [[relics]], has now been built.
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Philotheos (Zervakos)]]
 
*[[Philotheos (Zervakos)]]
 
*St. [[Nektarios of Aegina]]
 
*St. [[Nektarios of Aegina]]
*Greek Orthodox [[Church of St. John the Hunter (Athens, Greece)]]
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*[[St. John the Hunter]]
  
==Troparia==
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==Hymns==
'''[[Kontakion]]''' in the 3rd Tone.
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[[Kontakion]] ([[Tone]] 3) [http://www.serfes.org/lives/stnicholas.htm]
 
:Humble of spirit and pure of heart, illustrious in life and dispassionate of a truth, wast thou, O wise one. Thou didst illumine all by the virtues and dost grant grace unto them that draw nigh unto thee; and by thine intercessions, thou dost heal them that call upon thee, O Father Nicholas.
 
:Humble of spirit and pure of heart, illustrious in life and dispassionate of a truth, wast thou, O wise one. Thou didst illumine all by the virtues and dost grant grace unto them that draw nigh unto thee; and by thine intercessions, thou dost heal them that call upon thee, O Father Nicholas.
  
'''[[Megalynarion]]'''
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[[Megalynarion]] [http://www.serfes.org/lives/stnicholas.htm]
 
:As a simple shepherd of Christ God's lambs, thou didst tend thy flock well on the pasture of piety, nourishing their spirits with ceaseless supplications and leading them to Christ, O wise Father Nicholas.
 
:As a simple shepherd of Christ God's lambs, thou didst tend thy flock well on the pasture of piety, nourishing their spirits with ceaseless supplications and leading them to Christ, O wise Father Nicholas.
  
==External Links==
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==Further reading==
*[http://www.i-m-paronaxias.gr/byzantine-monasteries/nikolaos_planas.html Official Biography of St Nicholas Planas] in Greek by the ([[Diocese of Paronaxia]]) ([[Church of Greece]])
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''Papa-Nicholas Planas'', by the ''Nun Martha''; translated from Greek and published by [[Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Transfiguration Monastery]], 1981.
Material for most articles in these links, comes from the book '''Papa-Nicholas Planas''', by the ''Nun Martha''; translated from the Greek and published by [[Holy Transfiguration Monastery]], 1981.
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==External links==
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*[http://www.i-m-paronaxias.gr/byzantine-monasteries/nikolaos_planas.html Official Biography of St Nicholas Planas] in Greek by the ([[Metropolis of Paronaxia]], [[Church of Greece]])
 
*[http://fr-d-serfes.org/lives/stnicholas.htm Biography of Nicholas (Planas)] by Father Nektarios Serfes
 
*[http://fr-d-serfes.org/lives/stnicholas.htm Biography of Nicholas (Planas)] by Father Nektarios Serfes
 
*[http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/reading/planas.html Canonisation Announcement] by Fr. Jacob Meyes
 
*[http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/reading/planas.html Canonisation Announcement] by Fr. Jacob Meyes
*[http://www.roca.org/OA/56/56e.htm The Simple Shepherd - Papa Nicholas Planas] by Fr. Alexey Young (Orthodox America)
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*[http://www.roca.org/OA/56/56e.htm The Simple Shepherd - Papa Nicholas Planas] by Fr. Alexey Young (''Orthodox America'')
*[http://evlogeite.com/?p=74 Another Modern Saint] Published March 2, 2005
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*[http://evlogeite.com/?p=74 Papa Nicholas Planas: Another Modern Saint]
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Latest revision as of 12:40, October 23, 2012

Icon of Papa Nicholas Planas in the church of Panagitsa, Paleo Faliro, Athens

The holy saint Papa-Nicholas (Planas) of Athens (1851-1932) was officially glorified as a saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1992. He was born in 1851 on the island of Naxos in Greece. His feast day is celebrated on March 2, except when it falls during Great Lent period; then it is celebrated on the first Sunday following March 2. As a local saint of Paronaxia, he is also celebrated on the first Sunday of September, as part of the celebration of the island's five key saints at the Church of St. Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain on the island of Naxos in Greece.

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Life

Papa Nicholas was married and the father of one child. He was married at 17, but his wife died only a few years later, and so he spent the rest of his life in celibacy, his only aspiration being to serve the Church. He was ordained a deacon on July 28, 1879, at the Church of the Transfiguration in Plaka, Greece, and a priest on March 2, 1884, at the Church of the Holy Prophet Elisha.

His focus for over 50 years was to serve daily the Divine Liturgy, vigils, and other services. He never missed a Liturgy and spent most of his time in the very small church of Church of St. John the Hunter in Athens, Greece. The parish initially contained only eight families. He never refused to commemorate and pray for anyone when he served, and he carried in his pockets slips of paper containing thousands of names whom he would pray for during the proskomedia and the Liturgy.

Holy relics of Papa Nicholas Planas in Athens

Numerous stories are told of his being lifted in prayer and of the acolytes seing him raised off the ground in front of the altar during the Liturgy. While he would begin Liturgy at eight in the morning, he typically would not finish until two or three in the afternoon. When he was not able to serve at the church of St. John, he would always serve elsewhere.

He was famously absent-minded and was also well known for giving to the poor anything that anyone might give him. He was not an educated man but was considered immensely enlightened, an example of great holiness and humility.

He reposed in February 1932. A new St. John the Hunter Church, which contains his relics, has now been built.

See also

Hymns

Kontakion (Tone 3) [1]

Humble of spirit and pure of heart, illustrious in life and dispassionate of a truth, wast thou, O wise one. Thou didst illumine all by the virtues and dost grant grace unto them that draw nigh unto thee; and by thine intercessions, thou dost heal them that call upon thee, O Father Nicholas.

Megalynarion [2]

As a simple shepherd of Christ God's lambs, thou didst tend thy flock well on the pasture of piety, nourishing their spirits with ceaseless supplications and leading them to Christ, O wise Father Nicholas.

Further reading

Papa-Nicholas Planas, by the Nun Martha; translated from Greek and published by Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1981.

External links

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