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Word of wisdom— Saint Nectarius, the Greek Pole of Orthodoxy
“How much people wander, those who seek happiness, contentment and fulfillment outside of themselves, in glory, wealth, delight, pleasure and all that disturbs the soul, which are desertions and end in bitterness. How much they wander, those who build their happiness on perishable and corrupting things, from which they gain neither price nor satisfaction, for true happiness is based on the delight give only by the right and clear mind. Any other delight sweetens only the lips and fills the heart with bitterness. “
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Saint Nectarius, one of the newest saints canonized by the Church of Greece in this century, was born on October 1, 1846, in Silivria, a town located in the province of Thrace in northern Greece, on the shores of the Marmara Sea.
His parents were poor people, but very pious. He received the name of Anastasia at baptism, enjoying a chosen Christian upbringing from infancy.
After the first years of school, Anastasie is sent to study books in Constantinople, where he studies the theology and writings of the Holy Fathers. Here, his soul begins to discover Christ through prayer, by reading the holy books, and by contemplating the divine.
At the age of twenty, the young Anastasie settles on the island of Hios, where he teaches religion at a children's school. Then, being called by Christ, he entered the monastic will, receiving the monastic haircut on November 7, 1876, under the name of Lazarus. Later, when pruning in the hermitage (hermit), he would receive the name of Nectarius, which he wore for the rest of his life.
After completing his theological studies in Athens in 1885, Nectarius was taken by Patriarch Sofronie as an apprentice in Alexandria, being ordained a priest and then metropolitan of Pentapole, an old Orthodox diocese in Upper Libya.
For many years the pious Nectarie served as secretary of the patriarchate, preacher at St. Nicholas Church in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, becoming a skilled minister and ruler of souls, being given by God with much patience, humility, and gentleness.
That is why he was much sought after by the faithful and loved by all.
In his old age, he wanted to retire to more peace.
He built between 1904 and 1907, with the help of many believers and disciples, a beautiful convent of nuns on the island of Aegina, where he arranged here the perfect life of the community, according to the tradition of the Holy Fathers.
Then he retires definitively to this monastery and leads a high life of humility and service, of total devotion and sleepless prayer.
For his lofty life, God earned Pious Nectarius the Grace of the Holy Spirit.
For this reason, many sick and poor people ran to the church of the monastery from Aegina and asked for his help.
Especially after the First World War, many poor and sick people, deprived of any help, came to him as their spiritual father. And St. Nectarius gave the order to the nuns who were needed in his monastery to distribute to the needy any kind of food and to keep nothing for them, for God, by His mercy, fed both of them. But even the sick were healed with the prayers of Blessed Nectarius, for he had earned the gift of working miracles.
When he felt his end near, while making a pilgrimage with the icon of the Mother of God to the island of Aegina, St. Nectarius revealed to his disciples that he would soon go to Christ.
He fell ill and was taken to a hospital in Athens. But he patiently endures all sickness and temptation, waiting with joy for the hour of his coming out of this life.
After almost two months of suffering, St. Nectarius gave his soul peacefully in the hands of Christ, on November 8, 1920, and became worthy to be in the company of God's saints.
His disciples, after much weeping for him, buried him, according to the order in the church built by him, doing many healing miracles with the sick, who ran in faith to his aid.
After 20 years, his body was in the tomb whole and incorruptible.
On September 3, 1953, his holy relics were removed from the tomb and placed in the church of the monastery of Aegina, for honor and blessing.
And in 1961, the Synod of the Church in Greece, after noticing the many miracles performed on his relics, declared him a saint, with a feast day on November 9. Since then, Saint Nectarius, the healer of diseases, has become one of the most revered saints in the Orthodox churches.
Every day the faithful worship the relics of Saint Nectarius and his tomb in Aegina island in Greece, and also in many other churches all over the Orthodox world.
Pray this amazing Saint, whenever you are in sickness and need, or anything at all.
(source for this article: crestinortodox.ro)