Monastery of Saint Nektarios - Aegina Island
Saint Nektarios is the protector saint of Aegina. The monastery that is dedicated in his, abstains 6 Km from the harbour of the island. It is built in the place Xantas, opposite from the hill of Paleochoras. It is the most important religious monument of Aegina.
The monastery was established by the Metropolite Pentapoleos, Nektarios Kefalas, who is known today as Saint Nektarios. He was founded the monastery at period 1904 – 1910. It was dedicated to Agia Triada (the trinity) and built on the ruins of a previous Byzantine monastery. There was lived for 13 years the saint Nektarios and after his death at 9 November 1920 he was burial at the precinct of the church. His holy relic is looked after in the monastery.
Thousands faithful visit every year the monastery in order to worship and to ask from the thaumaturgy saint his help.
Under the old monastery has been built a imposing church, dedicated in his memory, which is one from the bigger in Greece.
A Brief Account Of The Life Of St. Nektarios, Metropolitan of Aegina
St. Nektarios, towards the end of his life, was the Metropolitan of the island of Aegina, and was born in 1846, in Selybria, in Thrace, Greece. This loving saint after serving in the diocese of Alexandria, Egypt, eventually after much jealousy, eventually became Dean of the School of Theology in Athens in 1910, after so many years he then became the founder of a Greek Orthodox Convent on the island of Aegina, he also founded several churches and chapels on the island as well. An abundance of Orthodox monks, priest, and faithful came to see the Venerable Metropolitan Nektarios in Aegina, and to learn from him, as well as to obtain spiritual guidance. Without a doubt the nuns at the Holy Convent he served became great strugglers of the faith they loved, and the Church in which St. Nektarios spoke about in his writings became truly radiant to every soul he encountered, as he was indeed a great beacon to the Holy Orthodox Faith he loved.
On 9 November 1920, Metropolitan Nektarios gave up his soul to the Lord; even just a few minutes after his repose a miracle took place within the hospital room.
The Respected Metropolitan was staying in a hospital room with another patient next to him, as the body of the loving hierarch was being prepared for burial and then to be taken to Aegina, someone placed his sweater on the nearby bed of a paralytic, who suddenly regained his strength and walked within that same hour, and was able to leave the hospital.
So many other miracles began to happen, and have not ceased until today, since the repose of St. Nektarios, many faithful have turned to him for the grievous illness of cancer, and many have been cured by his prayers, especially from the holy oil from his lampada which constantly burns at his grave site in Aegina.
It has been attested as well that within local parishes, the same holy oil that burns in front of his holy icon is also helpful in healings.
Not only was St. Nektarios known as a great miracle-worker, particularly as a healer of every sort of disease, as well as those seeking work, he was also a prolific writer, theologian, philosopher, moralist, educator, poet, ascetic and mystic.
Above all St. Nektarios was a man of deep prayer, and a hard worker who labored just as everyone else around him, no work was ever dishonourable to him.
One time the Archbishop of Athens came to speak with Metropolitan Nektarios, and did not tell him he was arriving that to see him in Aegina, everywhere he looked for the Venerable Hierarch, then he went up to a person who was pulling out a stump of a tree, he hardly looked like a Metropolitan, and indicated: “You have found Despota (Bishop) Nektarios”
Everyone who had ever met Metropolitan Nektarios, or had ever prayed with him, and discussed religion with him, where astounded, and greatly spiritually nourished by his great love for God, and His Church.
Even when the humble Hierarch visited Holy Mt. Athos, those who met him where ever pleased to note his humbleness, and great humility, on his own he climbed up the difficult hill side to meet with many well known holy monks.
One spiritual matter should not be forgotten about St. Nektarios s, he often wept when he prayed, and constantly expressed in the simplest manner his prayers with our Lord and God, the Mother of God, the saints, and martyrs.
The Venerable Hierarch even on his death bed, cried out loud in prayer: “I love Thee, My Lord and my God.”
The first miracle attributed to St. Nektarios:
During the last days of his life, the Saint was in the room for the incurables of the hospital, among many poor patients who were at the point of death. Beside the bed of St. Nektarios was a patient that had been paralyzed for years. As soon as the Saint gave up his spirit, a nurse of the hospital, together with a nun who had accompanied the Saint, began to prepare the holy body for transportation to Aegina for burial. They removed an old sweater from the Saint, and placed it for convenience on the bed of the paralytic and continued to prepare the body. Suddenly, the paralytic patient became well and rose from his bed, praising the Lord. This was the first miracle after the repose of St. Nektarios, through which the Lord confirmed the sainthood of Nektarios.
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