Saint Nektarios of Aegina, the Wonderworker & Bishop of Pentapolis

Feast Day: November 9th


The Life of Saint Nektarios: On the Island of Aegina he found an abandoned Monastery dedicated to the Holy Trinity, which he began to repair with his own hands…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn

Paraklesis

Apolytikion: O faithful, let us honor Nektarios, 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”.

Kontakion: In joy, let our hearts praise the latest shining star of the Orthodox, the newly erected rampart of the Church. For, Glorified by the work of the Spirit, he abundantly pours forth the Grace of healing to those who cry out, “Hail, Father Nektarios”.

Hymn: What crowns of praise shall we place upon the Hierarch, he who lately shown forth and illumined the Church with the lamp of piety? The new adornment of the Orthodox, and equal in zeal to the former Arch-Priests. For by his way of life full of wisdom, he was Glorified by Christ, Who grants to all, through him, the great Mercy.

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“Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the Throne of God.”

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“Two factors are involved in man’s Salvation: the Grace of God and the will of man. Both must work together, if Salvation is to be attained.”

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“Brothers and Sisters! The All-Merciful God desires happiness for us both in this life and in the life to come. To this end He established His Holy Church, so that she might cleanse us from sin, Sanctify us, reconcile us with Him and give us a Heavenly Blessing. The embrace of the Church is always open to us. Let us all hasten there more quickly, we whose consciences are burdened. Let us hasten, and the Church will lift the weight of our burdens, give us boldness before God, and fill our hearts with happiness and blessedness.”

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“Remember that after temptations follows Spiritual joy and the Lord watches over those who endure temptations and sufferings for the sake of His Love. So, don’t lose heart and don’t be afraid.”

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“Prayer unites one with God, being a Divine conversation and Spiritual Communion with the Being that is most beautiful and highest. Prayer is forgetting Earthly things, an ascent to Heaven. Through Prayer we flee to God.”

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“Christians, have we understood the great responsibility that we have taken on before God through Baptism? Have we come to know that we must conduct ourselves as children of God, that we must align our will with the Will of God, that we must remain free from sin, that we must love God with all our hearts and always patiently await union with Him? Have we thought about the fact that our heart should be so filled with love that it should overflow to our neighbour? Do we have the feeling that we must become Holy and perfect, children of God and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven? We must struggle for this, so that we may not be shown unworthy and rejected. Let none of us lose our boldness, nor neglect our duties, nor be afraid of the difficulties of spiritual struggle. For we have God as a helper, Who strengthens us in the difficult path of virtue.”

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“Those who hope in the Lord don’t set their hope on money or the amount of power they have, but are content with the help that God will give them. They’re full of faith and love, they live in the courage of their clear conscience, they stand before the Heavenly Father as His children and call for His Kingdom to come on Earth and His Will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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“A Christian must be courteous to all. His words and deeds should breathe with the Grace of the Holy Spirit, which abides in his Soul, so that in this way he might Glorify the Name of God.”

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There is an Icon in his home town Church in Silivria, which Saint Nektarios had a great Spiritual connection to as he was growing up. Years later when he settled in his Monastery in Aegina, Saint Nektarios asked a Monk to Paint a version of this Icon which he kept in his bedroom and spent many hours each day and night Praying in front of. Furthermore, it was here that he wrote many Prayers, Hymns and Spiritual Books. One Prayer he wrote to Our Most Blessed Lady the Mother of God, titled ‘O Virgin Pure’, after she appeared to him in a dream asking him to record it. It is often chanted during private Prayer and at Church, particularly on the Feast Days of Saint Nektarios and the Mother of God.

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“The Church Fathers regard Sacred Tradition as the safe guide in the interpretation of Holy Scripture and absolutely necessary for understanding the Truths contained in the Holy Scripture.”

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“What a fine image the faithful make. How wonderful their joy is. Its beauty wins you over and expresses their faith in God. And the serenity which permeates them expresses the peace in their Soul.”

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Below is a photo of Saint Nektarios in the last Divine Liturgy he served on Earth, before his Blessed Repose.

“Prayer is truly a Heavenly armour, and is alone can keep safe those who have dedicated themselves to God. Prayer is the common medicine for purifying ourselves from the passions, for hindering sin and curing our faults. Prayer is an inexhaustible treasure, an unruffled harbour, the foundation of serenity, the root and mother of myriads of blessings.”

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“Seek God daily. But seek Him in your heart, not outside it. And when you find Him, stand with fear and trembling, like the Cherubim and the Seraphim, for your heart has become a Throne of God. But in order to find God, become humble as dust before the Lord, for the Lord abhors the proud, whereas He visits those that are humble in heart, wherefore He says: ‘To whom will I look, but to him that is meek and humble in heart?'”

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“A Soul that’s been wounded by Divine Love is always glad, it rejoices, it leaps and dances, because it’s as buoyant in the Love of the Lord as if it were riding on calm waters.”

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“Brothers and Sisters! The All-Merciful God desires happiness for us both in this life and in the life to come. To this end He established His Holy Church, so that she might cleanse us from sin, Sanctify us, reconcile us with Him and give us a Heavenly Blessing. The embrace of the Church is always open to us. Let us all hasten there more quickly, we whose consciences are burdened. Let us hasten, and the Church will lift the weight of our burdens, give us boldness before God, and fill our hearts with happiness and blessedness.”

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“Compassion is the sensitivity of good Souls who love their neighbours. Compassionate people suffer with those in pain and regard any trouble afflicting their neighbour as their own. They hasten to help and are relieved when those who are suffering gain respite. They want to expunge unhappiness from the world and to spread joy and gladness to every corner of it.”

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The Miracle of Saint Nektarios’ sweater: When they removed the old sweater of the Saint, they placed it for convenience on the bed of the paralytic and continued preparing the body. Strangely, the paralytic patient at once became well and rose from his bed, praising the Lord. This was the first miracle after the repose of the Saint…

“Miracles are not impossible from a logical standpoint, and right reason does not deny them… Miracles are a consequence of the Creator’s love for His creatures.”

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The rejection of Saint Nektarios continued after his Repose: So it was decided to keep the Sacred Relic of Saint Nektarios in the warehouse along with the used candles and the useless items…

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The Holy Relics of Saint Nektarios

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In Melbourne, Australia, we are Blessed to have a portion of the Holy Relics of Saint Nektarios at the Church of Saint Nektarios, in Fawkner. We also have a part of his Holy Relics at our Church of Saint Paraskevi in St Albans.


Below are some photos of Saint Nektarios’ personal items including his Stole he wore while performing the Holy Sacraments, his shoes, and a table he made, which he would use outside to write his letters and Prayers on.

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One time, Saint Nektarios appeared to a most-pious Cleric and complained: “It’s as if we Saints are in retirement… The people don’t Pray to us, don’t entreat us, don’t ask us for anything, don’t give us any handiwork to do. They don’t give us the opportunity to Pray to God for them…”

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When Saint Nektarios visited a Village in Romania, to minister to the faithful through the Sacraments: Indeed all the documents were written in Romanian while his name was written in Greek with the name of his signature, Nektarios, Bishop of Pentapolis…

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Icons and Photos

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Saint Nektarios in Icons with other Saints.


Quotes by Saint Nektarios

When the man of pure heart looks at the world of nature, that is, at the sky, the Earth, and the sea and at all things in them, and observes the systems constituting them, the infinite multitude of stars of Heaven, the innumerable multitudes of birds and quadrupeds and every kind of animal of the Earth, the variety of plants on it, the abundance of fish in the sea, he is immediately amazed and exclaims with the Prophet David: ‘How great are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom Thou made them all.’

The path leading to perfection is long. Pray to God so that He will strengthen you. Patiently accept your falls and, having stood up, immediately run to God, not remaining in that place where you have fallen. Do not despair if you keep falling into your old sins. Many of them are strong because they have received the force of habit. Only with the passage of time and with fervour will they be conquered. Don’t let anything deprive you of hope.

Don’t let anything deprive you of hope.

Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this.

He who keeps watch over the words he is about to say, also keeps watch over the deeds he is about to do.

Temptations come so that hidden passions may be revealed and so that it will be possible to fight them, and so that the Soul may be rid of them. They are also a sign of God’s Mercy. So give yourself with trust into God’s hands and ask His help, so that He will strengthen you in your struggle. God knows how much each one can bear and allows temptations according to the measure of our strength.

The Church received many Traditions from the Apostles… The constitution of the Church Services, especially of the Divine Liturgy, the Holy Mysteries themselves and the manner of performing them, certain Prayers and other institutions of the Church go back to the Sacred Tradition of the Apostles.

Trust God, Who is good, powerful, living and He will bring you to rest. After trials there follows spiritual joy. The Lord watches over all those who for His love endure trials and sorrows. So don’t cower and don’t be fainthearted.