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Nectarios of Pentapolis

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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.
[[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 postand 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.
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 98]], 1920, at the age of 74, following hospitalization for prostate cancer. His The commemoration date was set at the next day, [[November 9]], because [[November 8]] is the feast of Synaxis of Archangel Michael. The first posthumous miracle took place when the shirt of St. Nectarios was accidentally placed on the neighboring bed: a paralyzed man who was lying there was suddenly healed. The body of St. Nectarios was taken to the Holy Trinity Convent, where he was buried by a Priestthe only clergyman-Monk named his best friend and spiritual brother [[Sava the New|Saint Savasthe new of Kalymnos]], 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==
'''Uplifting of the Anathema'''
''Alexandria 15th September 1998''
==Special Relationships==
* '''[[Sava the New|Saint Savas the New of Kalymnos]]''' - Spiritual Brothers, best friends & co-confessors to each other.
* '''[[Philotheos (Zervakos)]]''' - From the Holy Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa, Elder Philotheos wrote a well-known [[apologetics|apologetic]] in 1976 addressed to Archimandrite Cyprian.<ref>The most reverend Cyprian, Dr. Theol., is the Metropolitan of Oropos and Fili and President of the [[Holy Synod in Resistance]], Orthodox Church of Greece. He is the spiritual son of Elder Philotheos.</ref> This letter (cf. External links) is considered of extreme historical importance in the Orthodox Church since it is written in defense of his spiritual father, St. Nectarios.
* '''[[Amphilochios (Makris)]]''' - he always had a great desire to meet the holy Metropolitan. When 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"''. The elder is the only person who was invited by the Saint to stay overnight in his private quarters.
[[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."
"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: Rejoice, O Father Nektarios, model of patience and lover of virtue." (Source: Akathist to Our Holy Father Nekatarios of Aegina)
== See also ==
== 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 ==
*[ A Brief Account Of The Life Of St. Nectarios, Metropolitan of Aegina] by Fr. Nektarios (Demetrios) Serfes
*[ In Honor of St. Nectarios]
*[ A Lamp Lighted by God - St. Nectarios of Aegina]
*[ Saint Nektarios of Egina] (Life and Writings)
*[ Writings Of Saint Nectarios Of Aegina: Selected Passages From The Writings Of Orthodox Saints]
*[ Quotes of St. Nectarios] - [ Orthodox Church Quotes] website
*[ Some Miracles of St Nectarios Metropolitan of Pentapolis]
*[ Visiting Aghios Nectarios, Aegina island, Greece (departing from Athens) - With photos]
*[ Icon of St. Nectarios of Aegina]
*[ YouTube video about St. Nectarios of Aegina]
*[ Mothers and the Upbringing of Children] by our father among the Saints NECTARIOS Bishop of Pentapolis, the Miracle-Worker - pdf
[[Category:19th-century bishops]]
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[[Category:University of Athens Theology School Graduates]]
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[[el:Άγιος Νεκτάριος Αιγίνης]]
[[es:Nectario de Égina]]
[[fr:Nectaire d'Égine]]
[[ro:Nectarie din Eghina]]

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