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'''St. Nectarios''' (1846-1920), [[Metropolitan ]] of Pentapolis and [[Wonderworker ]] of Aegina, was officially recognized as a Saint [[saint]] by the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate ]] of Constantinople in 1961. His Feast Day [[feast day]] is celebrated every year on [[November 9 November]]. He is often referred to as '''Nectarios of Pentapolis''' or '''Nectarios of Aegina''', and his name is sometimes spelled ''Nektarios''.
== Life ==
[[Image:Saint_nektarios.jpg|thumb|St. Nectarios of Aegina (1846-1920)]] St. Nectarios was born on [[October 1 October ]], 1846 , in Selymbria in Thrace to a poor family. His given name was Anastasios Cephalas. At the age of 14 he moved to Constantinople (Istanbul) to work and further his education. In 1866 he left to the island of Chios to take a teaching post. He then became a Monk [[monk]] at the age of thirty.
Three years after becoming a monk he was [[ordination|ordained ]] a Deacon[[deacon]], taking the name Nectarios. He graduated from the University of Athens in 1885. During his years as a student of the University of Athens he wrote many books, pamphlets, and [[Bible ]] commentaries.
Following his graduation he went to Alexandria, Egypt, where he was ordained a Priest [[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. [[Image:Nektarios.jpg|thumb|right|St. Nektarios of Aegina as Metropolitan of Pentapolis.]]He served as a bishop in Cairo for one year, but was then unjustly removed from his post and was also anathematised. 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.
He served After his dismissal, he returned to Greece in 1891 and spent several years as a Bishop preacher (1891-1894). He was then appointed director of the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School for the education of priests in Cairo for one yearAthens, and where his service was them unjustly removed from his post by jealous clerics who envied his popularity with the people. Lies were made up against him by the jealous clergy. Patriarch Sophronios refused to listen to St. Nectariosexemplary for fifteen years. He was sent away from Egypt without trial or explanationdeveloped many courses of study and wrote numerous books, and was never given an opportunity to defend himselfall while preaching widely throughout Athens.
After his dismissalIn 1904 at the request of several [[nun]]s, he returned to Greece in 1891, and spent several years as established a preacher (1891-1894). He was then appointed director of the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School [[monastery]] for them on the education island of priests in Athens, where his service Aegina. The monastery was exemplary for fifteen years. He developed many courses of study, and wrote numerous books, all while preaching widely throughout Athensnamed Holy Trinity Monastery.
In 1904 December of 1908, at the request age of several nuns62, St. Nectarios resigned from his post as school director and withdrew to the Holy Trinity Convent on Aegina, where he established a monastery for them on lived out the island rest of Aeginahis life as a monk. The Monastery was named Holy Trinity MonasteryHe wrote, published, preached, and heard [[confession]]s from those who came from near and far to seek out his spiritual guidance.
In December of 1908, While at the age of 62monastery, St. Nectarios resigned from his post as school director and withdrew to he also tended the Holy Trinity Convent on Aeginagardens, carried stones, where he lived out and helped with the rest construction of the monastery buildings that were built with his life as a Monkown funds. He wrote, published, preached, and heard confessions from those who came from near and far to seek out his spiritual guidancewas also the Metropolitan of the island of Aegina.
While St. Nectarios died on the evening of [[November 8]], 1920, at the monasteryage of 74, he also tended following hospitalization for prostate cancer. The commemoration date was set at the gardensnext day, carried stones[[November 9]], and helped with because [[November 8]] is the construction feast of Synaxis of Archangel Michael. The first posthumous miracle took place when the monastery buildings that were built with his own fundsshirt of St. Nectarios was accidentally placed on the neighboring bed: a paralyzed man who was lying there was suddenly healed. The body of St. He Nectarios was also taken to the Holy Trinity Convent, where he was buried by the only clergyman- his best friend and spiritual brother [[Sava the Metropolitan New|Saint Savas the new of Kalymnos]], who later painted the island first [[icon]] of St. Nectarios. The funeral of St. Nectarios was attended by multitudes of Aeginapeople.
[[image:Nektariosicon.jpg|thumb|right|An icon of St. Nectarios died on the evening of 9 November 1920 at the age Aegina]]Many people regarded St. Nectarios as a saint during his lifetime because of 74his prayerful life, following hospitalization for prostate cancer. His body was taken to the Holy Trinity Conventhis [[humility]], his purity and other virtues, where he was buried by a Priest-Monk named Savasand his writings, who later painted as well as the first icon of St. Nectariosmiracles he performed. The funeral of St. Nectarios was attended by multitudes also had the gift of people from all parts of Greece and Egyptprescience.
Many people regarded 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 during his lifetime because saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of his prayerful lifeConstantinople took place on [[April 20]], 1961. Thousands of [[miracle]]s have been attributed to his humilityintercession, his purity and particularly cases of cancer or other virtues, his writings, as well as the miracles he performed. St. Nectarios also had the gift of prescienceserious illnesses being cured.
The relics ==Decision of St. Nectarios were removed from the grave on 2 September 1953 and gave out a beautiful fragrance. Official recognition Church of Nectarios as a Saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople took place on 20 April 1961.Alexandria==
The Feast Day '''Uplifting of St. Nectarios is celebrated every year on 9 November. Thousands of miracles have been attributed to his intercession. the Anathema'''
==Decision of the Holy Synod of the Greek Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa==
''Alexandria 15th September 1998''
''The Holy Spirit has enlightened the gathered members of the [[Holy Synod ]] of the [[Patriarchate ]] of Alexandria and all Africa, under the leadership of [[Petros VII (Papapetrou) of Alexandria|H.B. Petros VII]], [[Pope ]] and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, more than a century since Saint Nektarios, the great Teacher and Father of the Holy Eastern Orthodox Church was expelled from the [[Church of Alexandria]], to reach the following decision:''
''Taking into account the resolution of the Church to rank Saint Nektarios amongst the saints because of his innumerable miracles and his acceptance within the religious conscience of Orthodox Christians throughout the world, we appeal to the mercy of the ever-charitable God.''
''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.''
''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>
== External Links Special Relationships==* '''Biographical Accounts[[Sava the New|Saint Savas the New of Kalymnos]]'''- Spiritual Brothers, best friends & co-confessors to each other.* http://www'''[[Philotheos (Zervakos)]]''' - From the Holy Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa, Elder Philotheos wrote a well-known [[apologetics|apologetic]] in 1976 addressed to Archimandrite Cyprian.serfes<ref>The most reverend Cyprian, Dr.org/spiritual/november2000Theol.htm* http://www, is the Metropolitan of Oropos and Fili and President of the [[Holy Synod in Resistance]], Orthodox Church of Greece.st-seraphimHe is the spiritual son of Elder Philotheos.com</nectariosref> This letter (cf.htm* http://tserkovnostExternal links) is considered of extreme historical importance in the Orthodox Church since it is written in defense of his spiritual father, St.org/articles/nectariosNectarios.html* http://www'''[[Amphilochios (Makris)]]''' - he always had a great desire to meet the holy Metropolitan.fatheralexanderWhen His excellency asked him, "What the greatest and most singular desire of his soul was", the elder responded in simplicity, ''"I wish that everybody would become monastics"''.org/booklets/english/saint_nektarios_egina_eThe elder is the only person who was invited by the Saint to stay overnight in his private quarters.htm#_Toc60879398
'''Selected Writings'''==Hymn==* http[[Apolytikion]] in the First Tone://www 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.fatheralexanderAll 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.org/booklets/english/saint_nektarios_egina_e.htm#_Toc60879402* http://www.serfes.org/writtings/stnectarios.htm"
'''Some Miracle Accounts'''Kontakian: * http"In joy of heart let us hymn with songs the newly revealed star of Orthodoxy, the newly erected bulwark of the Church; for, glorified by the activity of the Spirit, he poureth forth the abundant grace of healing upon those who cry://wwwRejoice, O Father Nektarios, model of patience and lover of virtue.sprint.net.au/~corners/Nov98/StNectarios.htm" (Source: Akathist to Our Holy Father Nekatarios of Aegina)
== See also ==
*[[Agni Parthene]], a hymn written by St. Nektarios
 
==References==
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== Bibliography ==
=== Biography ===
* ''Saint Nektarios: The Saint of Our Century Paperback'' by Sotos Chondropoulos. Kainourgia Ge Publications, 1997. (ISBN 9789607374080)
* ''Modern Orthodox Saints Vol. 7: St. Nectarios of Aegina '' by Constantine Cavarnos. Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1981. (ISBN 9780914744542)
=== By St. Nectarios ===
* ''Christology: Discovering Jesus Christ Through the Eyes of a Contemporary Saint'' by (ISBN 978-0972550413) by Saint Nektarios. Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery, 2012.
* ''Repentance and Confession '' by Saint Nektarios. Saint Nektarios Monastary Publ, 2002. (ISBN 978-0972550406)
 
=== Children ===
 
* ''Saint Nectarios of Aegina'' by Euphemia Briere. St. Nectarios Press, 2001. (ISBN 978-0913026168)
* ''Saint Nectarios' Shoes'' by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis. Potamitis Press, 2012. (ISBN 978-6069270776)
* ''The Story of the Holy Hierarch Nectarios the Wonderworker'' by Catalin Grigore. Iona Publishing House, 2012. (ISBN 9786069270776)
 
== External links ==
*[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://web.archive.org/web/20060621140815/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://orthodoxchurchquotes.com/category/sayings-from-saints-elders-and-fathers/st-nektarios-of-aegina/ Quotes of St. Nectarios] - [http://orthodoxchurchquotes.com Orthodox Church Quotes] website
*[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]
*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/n/rbp05.htm Icon of St. Nectarios of Aegina]
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptg3RVtoeYA YouTube video about St. Nectarios of Aegina]
*[http://www.chrysostompress.org/files/Documents/St.-Nectarios----Mothers-and-the-Upbringing-of-Children_1.pdf Mothers and the Upbringing of Children] by our father among the Saints NECTARIOS Bishop of Pentapolis, the Miracle-Worker - pdf
 
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[[el:Νεκτάριος Αιγίνης]]
[[es:Nectario de Égina]]
[[fr:Nectaire d'Égine]]
[[ro:Nectarie din Eghina]]

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