'''St. Nectarios''' (1846-1920), [[Metropolitan]] of Pentapolis and [[
Wonder-worker]] of Aegina, was officially recognized as a [[saint]] by the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] of Constantinople in 1961. His [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[November 9]]. He is often referred to as '''Nectarios of Pentapolis''' or '''Nectarios of Aegina''', and his name is sometimes spelled ''Nektarios''.
== Life ==
Following his graduation he went to Alexandria, Egypt, where he was ordained a [[priest]] and served the Church of Saint Nicholas in Cairo with great distinction. In recognition of his piety and brilliance as a preacher, as well as his administrative ability, he was consecrated Bishop/Metropolitan of Pentapolis (an ancient [[diocese]] in Cyrenaica, in what is now Libya) by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Sophronios in 1889.
He served as a bishop in Cairo for one year, but was then unjustly removed from his post. This was a result of lies made up by jealous clerics who envied his popularity with the people. Patriarch Sophronios refused to listen to St. Nectarios, who was sent away from Egypt without trial or explanation and was never given an opportunity to defend himself.
After his dismissal, he returned to Greece in 1891 and spent several years as a preacher (1891-1894). He was then appointed director of the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School for the education of priests in Athens, where his service was exemplary for fifteen years. He developed many courses of study and wrote numerous books, all while preaching widely throughout Athens.
While at the monastery, he also tended the gardens, carried stones, and helped with the construction of the monastery buildings that were built with his own funds. He was also the Metropolitan of the island of Aegina.
St. Nectarios died on the evening of [[November
9]], 1920, at the age of 74, following hospitalization for prostate cancer. His body was taken to the Holy Trinity Convent, where he was buried by a Priest- Monk named [[Sava the New|Savas]], who later painted the first [[icon]] of St. Nectarios. The funeral of St. Nectarios was attended by multitudes of people from all parts of Greece and Egypt.
[[image:Nektariosicon.jpg|thumb|right|An icon of St. Nectarios of Aegina]]Many people regarded St. Nectarios as a saint during his lifetime because of his prayerful life, his [[humility]], his purity and other virtues, and his writings, as well as the miracles he performed. St. Nectarios also had the gift of prescience.
The [[relics]] of St. Nectarios were removed from the grave on [[September 2]], 1953, and gave out a beautiful fragrance. Official recognition of Nectarios as a saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople took place on [[April 20]], 1961. Thousands of [[miracle]]s have been attributed to his intercession, particularly cases of cancer or other serious illnesses being cured.
==Decision of the Church of Alexandria==
''Alexandria 15th September 1998''
''We hereby restore the ecclesiastical order of the Saint of our Century, Saint Nektarios, and grant to him all due credits and honors. We beseech Saint Nektarios to forgive both us, unworthy as we are, and our predecessors, our brothers of the Throne of Alexandria, for opposition to the Saint and for all which, due to human weakness or error, our Holy Father, Bishop of Pentapolis, Saint Nektarios, suffered.''
Apolytikion in the First Tone
O faithful, let us honor Nectarios, divine servant of Christ, offspring of Silivria and guardian of Aegina, who in these latter years was manifested as the true friend of virtue. All manner of healing wells forth for those who in piety cry out, "Glory to Christ who glorified you; glory to Him who, through you, wrought wonders; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all."
PETROS VII'' <br>''By the Grace of God'' <br>'' Pope and Patriarch'' <br> ''of Alexandria and All Africa.'' <sup>[http://www. greekorthodox- alexandria. org/History/st_nect. htm]</sup>
*[http://www.serfes.org/spiritual/november2000.htm A Brief Account Of The Life Of St. Nectarios, Metropolitan of Aegina] by Fr. Nektarios (Demetrios) Serfes
*[http://www.st-seraphim.com/nectarios.htm In Honor of St. Nectarios]
*[http://tserkovnost.org/articles/nectarios.html A Lamp Lighted by God - St. Nectarios of Aegina]
*[http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/saint_nektarios_egina_e.htm Saint Nektarios of Egina] (Life and Writings)
*[http://www.serfes.org/writtings/stnectarios.htm Writings Of Saint Nectarios Of Aegina: Selected Passages From The Writings Of Orthodox Saints]
*[http://www.sprint.net.au/~corners/Nov98/StNectarios.htm Some Miracles of St Nectarios Metropolitan of Pentapolis]
*[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arbible/message/23759 Visiting Aghios Nectarios, Aegina island, Greece (departing from Athens) - With photos]
[[ro:Nectarie din Eghina]]