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San Mel di Ardagh, Irlanda (+488) – 6 febbraio ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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San Mel di Ardagh, Irlanda (+488)

6 febbraio

San Melis di Ardagh, o anche Mel (Irlanda, … – 6 febbraio 488), fu un sacerdote missionario e vescovo irlandese; è venerato come santo dalla Chiesa.

Fu il fondatore della Diocesi di Ardagh, nella contea di Longford, in Irlanda.

Come molti santi antichi, non si ha una biografia dettagliata. Si pensa sia figlio di Conis e Darerca, sorella di San Patrizio, che accompagnò il fratello in Irlanda per iniziare la sua opera di evangelizzazione. Mel divenne missionario molto giovane e San Patrizio gli affidò una chiesa che costruì ad Ardagh, in seguito Mel vi costruì un monastero. Divenne poi sacerdote e venne consacrato vescovo di Ardagh. Fu anche il vescovo che mise il velo a Santa Brigida. È patrono di Ardagh.

Si dice che fosse molto generoso e dava sempre quanto poteva ai poveri tenendo per sé il minimo indispensabile. Mel viveva con sua zia Lupait, e si diffuse un pettegolezzo secondo il quale ci sarebbe stato un rapporto tra i due, tanto che lo stesso Patrizio si mise ad indagare, ma Mel e sua zia erano molto pii ed entrambi pregarono per ricevere un miracolo: Patrizio andò a parlare con Mel riguardo alla vicenda, Mel stava arando e dal terreno saltò fuori un pesce vivo; mentre Lupait per provare la sua innocenza ha trasportato carbone ardente senza bruciare né lei né i suoi vestiti. Patrizio rimase così soddisfatto e non dubito più di suo nipote.

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Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile – Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie, profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada, mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997 ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Sfântul Jose Munoz-Cortes (+1997)

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Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile –

Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie,

profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada,

mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997

Sfântul Nou Mucenic Iosif s-a născut în Chile(America de Nord) la anul 1950, într-o familie catolică practicantă.
La vârsta de 12 ani îl cunoaște pe episcopul ortodox Leontie din Chile, fapt care îl impulsionează să se boteze ortodox doi ani mai târziu.

Era profund impresionat de viața monahală, și cu toate că locuia în oraș, se străduia să urmeze felul de viață al monahilor:cu post, rugăciune și privegheri.

Mai apoi s-a mutat în Canada, unde a lucrat ca profesor de pictură la Universitatea din Montreal, străduindu-se în paralel să învețe pictura bizantină.

În anul 1882 a vizitat Sfântul Munte și a studiat cu atenție mulțimea icoanelor bizantine de acolo. L-a impresionat o copie a icoanei Maicii Domnului – Portaitissa, care se afla într-unul dintre schituri.

A vrut să cumpere icoana, dar s-a întristat când a aflat ca nu este de vânzare. Maica Domnului, i-a pus în minte egumenului să îi dăruiască icoană . Jose s-a bucurat nespus și i-a mulțumit Stăpânei pentru ca făcuse acea minune cu el.

Ajuns acasă, citea în fiecare seară Acatistul Buneivestiri în fața icoanei. După câteva săptămâni toată casa s-a umplut de o bună mireasmă, și a văzut cu surprindere ca din mâna Maicii Domnului izvorăște mir. Cincisprezece ani la rând a continuat această minune.

José a cutreierat întreaga lume, arătându-le oamenilor minunea ce se petrecea, pentru a se slăvi astfel numele Maicii Domnului.

În anul 1997, la data de 31 octombrie, în timp ce se afla în Atena, a fost omorât cu brutalitate de un grup de sataniști, care, mai întâi, l-au chinuit fără milă în camera hotelului unde se afla.

Vrăjmașii credinței nu au răbdat să vadă cum se slăvește în toată lumea numele lui Hristos și al Maicii Sale, dar Dumnezeu i-a pregătit un loc luminat în ceata mucenicilor.

Pentru rugăciunile Sfântului Noului Mucenic Iosif, Doamne Iisuse Hristoase, miluiește-ne pe noi. Amin.

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The Holy Icon of Virgin Mary of Saint Jose Munoz-Cortes

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Saint Jose Munoz-Cortez from Chile (+1997)

& Saint John Maximovitch of San Francisco (+1966)

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Sfânta Sofia din Klisura, Grecia “cea nebună pentru Hristos” și animalele sălbatice (+1974) – 6 mai ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Sfânta Sofia din Klisura, Grecia

“cea nebună pentru Hristos” și animalele sălbatice (+1974)

6 mai

Dragostea Sfintei Sofia din Klisura nu se răsfrângea numai asupra oamenilor, ci și către întreaga zidire, cuvântătoare sau necuvântătoare, sălbatică sau domestică.
În preajma muntelui sălbatic de lângă mănăstire circulau mulți urși, lupi și alte sălbăticiuni. Cu toate aceste animaluțe reușise să se împrietenească Sfânta Sofia.
Din multele istorioare care circulă cu privire la aceasta, ne vom referi la doar trei, care sunt mai deosebite.
Un soldat pensionar, care obișnuise să o viziteze pe Sfânta Sofia până în clipa morții ei, povestește ceva de neconceput pentru oamenii din zilele noastre.
Sfânta avea o ursoaică, care venea și mânca din mâna ei pâine sau orice altceva. Și puteai vedea acea dihanie imensă, dar fără răutate, luând hrana și lingându-i apoi mâinile și picioarele în semn de mulțumire. Apoi se furișa în pădure. Pe ursoaică o botezase Rusa.
Dimitrie G. născut în anul 1960 în Ptolemaida, povestește că și el o văzuse pe Sfânta Sofia la pârâu împreună cu ursoaica, pe care o ținea legată cu o curelușă. Dacă vreun necunoscut ar fi văzut această priveliște neobișnuită, ar fi înlemnit de spaimă.
Pe Rusa o văzuse și Vasilica K. din Bariko. Odată un soldat, văzând din depărtare fiara împreună cu Cuvioasa, a vrut să o împuște, crezând că îi va face rău. Îndată, însă Sfânta a început sa strige și apropiindu-se de el i-a explicat că animalul sălbatic era blând și fără de răutate.
Alți pelerini au văzut trei serpișori care dormeau la capul Cuvioasei, fără a-i face însă nici un rău și spunându-le oamenilor să nu se teamă pentru ca nu au obiceiul de a mușca.
Unii pelerini care o însoțeau la Biserica Sfintei Treimi, unde îngrijea candela, au văzut un șarpe mare încolăcit și s-au speriat foarte tare vrând să îl omoare. Sfânta i-a certat cu cuvintele: “De vreme ce nu vă deranjează, lăsați-l în pace. Este al bisericii.”
Atât de mare este dragostea Sfinților pentru animale, pentru toată zidirea și în special pentru Ziditorul ei, Care le-a creat pe toate întru adânc de înțelepciune!

Η Αγία Σοφία της Κλεισούρας (+1974) & τα άγρια ζώα

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Αγία Σοφία της Κλεισούρας “η ασκήτρια της Παναγίας”

διά Χριστόν σαλή και ασκήτρια σε φαράγγι στη Μονή

Γεννεθλίου της Θεοτόκου Κλεισούρας της Καστοριάς

από Τραπεζούντα Πόντου Μ. Ασίας (+1974)

6 Μαΐου

Η αγάπη της Αγία Σοφίας της Κλεισούρας στο φαράγγι της Κλεισούρας στην Καστοριά δεν σταματούσε μόνο στους ανθρώπους. Απλωνόταν και αγκάλιαζε όλη την κτίση, λογικά και άλογα, ήμερα και άγρια. Στο άγριο βουνό γύρω από το μοναστήρι, κυκλοφορούσαν τότε πολλές αρκούδες, λύκοι και άλλα αγρίμια. Με όλα αυτά η Σοφία είχε συμφιλιωθεί.

Από τις πολλές σχετικές αναφορές, καταγράφουμε δύο τρεις, πού έχουν ιδιαίτερη χάρη.
Συνταξιούχος στρατιωτικός, πού συνήθιζε να επισκέπτεται την Σοφία μέχρι τα τελευταία της, από τότε πού υπηρετούσε στην περιοχή, στον πόλεμο και αργότερα το ’49, διηγούνταν κάτι απίστευτο για τα σημερινά δεδομένα.

Είχε μία αρκούδα η Σοφία και την έθρεφε στο χέρι, με ψωμί και με ό,τι άλλο φαγώσιμο είχε. Και το μεγαλόσωμο αλλά άκακο εκείνο θηρίο έπαιρνε την τροφή, της έγλυφε τα χέρια και τα πόδια, από ευγνωμοσύνη, και πάλι χανόταν στο δάσος. Αυτήν την αρκούδα την είχε και όνομα, έλα, Ρούσα μ’, έλα να τρώεις ψωμόπον, της έλεγε.

Ο Δημήτρης Γ., γεννημένος το 1960, από την Πτολεμαΐδα, προσθέτει ότι πολλές φορές, όπως και ο ίδιος το είδε, την αρκούδα η Σοφία την έδενε στην βρύση του μπαχτσέ.

Αν όμως τύχαινε κάποιος ανήξερος να αντικρύσει αυτό το θέαμα, την αρκούδα δηλαδή δεμένη, η την Σοφία να την ταΐζει στο χέρι, δίχως καμία προφύλαξη, πάγωνε από τον φόβο του.

Την αρκούδα την είχε δει, τότε πού ζούσε στο μοναστήρι, και η Βασιλική Κ. από το Βαρυκό.

Κάποιος μάλιστα τότε στρατιωτικός θέλησε να την σκοτώσει, μη γνωρίζοντας την οικειότητα της με την Σοφία. Αυτή μόλις τον είδε με προτεταμένη την κάνη του όπλου του, έβαλε της φωνές και όταν τον πλησίασε ενώ εκείνος πήγαινε να δικαιολογήσει την ενέργεια του, εκείνη του εξήγησε την φιλία της και την ακακία του ζώου.

Άλλοι προσκυνητές είδαν τρία φίδια να κοιμούνται μαζί της, στο προσκέφαλο της, και ούτε την πείραζαν ούτε τα πείραζε. Η κ. Κίτσα λέει πώς “τα φίδια ήταν λεπτούτσικα, σαν σαΐτες. Όταν τα έβλεπες, φοβόσουν αλλά η Σοφία μας έλεγε: Μη φοάσαι, ατά κι τσουμπίζνε ξάϊ [=μή φοβάσαι, αυτά δεν τσιμπούν καθόλου].”

Κάποιοι, πού την είχαν συνοδεύσει να ανάψουν τα καντήλια της Αγίας Τριάδας, είδαν να περιφέρεται εκεί μέσα στο εκκλησάκι ένα μεγάλο φίδι. Αμέσως ταράχτηκαν και προσπάθησαν να το σκοτώσουν, όμως η Σοφία τους αποπήρε. “Αφού δεν σας πειράζει, μην το πειράζετε, πρόσθεσε. Αυτό είναι της εκκλησίας.”

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Ἐκδ. Ἱ. Μονῆς Γενεθλίου τῆς Θεοτόκου Κλεισούρας,

Σοφία ἡ Ἀσκήτισσα τῆς Παναγίας,

Κλεισούρα 2012

The Holy Relics of the Saints

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The Holy Relics of the Saints

Holy Relics are portions of the earthly remains of Orthodox believers, usually saints. Relics may also include clothing and vestments worn by saints, or items such as pieces of the True Cross. Particles of relics of saints usually are embedded in altar tables during consecration of churches.

The relics of the saints are venerated because in Orthodox belief the body remains temple of the Holy Spirit even after death.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem writes:

“Though the soul is not present a power resides in the bodies of the saints because of the righteous soul which has for so many years dwelt in it, or used it as its minister.”

God also performs miracles through the holy relics of saints, in this way revealing his glory and glorifying his saints in whom he is pleased. One example is the relics of Saint Nektarios, which emitted a sweet-smelling sweat after he had passed away and showed no sign of decay until 20 years after his death.

In North America, the Church is blessed to have three complete sets of relics: St. Herman of Alaska, St. John Maximovitch, and St. Alexis Toth.

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エギナの聖ネクタリオス (+1920)

(St Nektarios of Aigine Island, Greeece)

エギナの聖ネクタリオス

エギナの聖ネクタリオス(ギリシア語: Άγιος Νεκτάριος Αιγίνης, 英語: Saint Nektarios of Egina、1846年 – 1920年)は、正教会の聖人。日本正教会で多用される教会スラヴ語由来の転写ではネクタリイ。

修道院の設立と指導、数多くの著述、信徒の精神的指導、および数々の奇蹟によって知られる。神学者、哲学者、詩人、教育者、禁欲主義者、神秘主義者などと称されるほどの多才な面があった。歌詞は公祈祷の祈祷文によるものではないが、全世界の正教会で愛唱される聖歌『アグニ・パルセネ』(ギリシア語: Αγνή Παρθένε)を作曲してもいる。

1846年10月1日、トラキアのシリヴリアの貧しい家庭に生まれた。生まれた際の俗名はアナスタシオス・ケファラス(ギリシア語: Αναστάσιος Κεφαλάς)。14歳のとき、働きつつ教育を受けるためにコンスタンディヌーポリに移住。1866年からはキオス島の学校で教えつつそこに7年間住み、30歳で修道士となる。3年後、輔祭となり、ネクタリオスの名を与えられる。1885年にアテネ大学を卒業。大学時代から、多くの聖書註解を含む多くの著述を行う。

アレクサンドリアで司祭に叙聖され、カイロの教会に奉職。これは名誉ある職分であった。1889年に敬神の念と説教者としての実力、牧会能力が評価され、総主教ソフロニオスによりペンタポリス府主教に叙聖される。すぐにネクタリオスの人望が高まるが、その声望を妬んだ聖職者達によって噂が立てられ、噂を信じてネクタリオスの弁明を聞かなかった総主教ソフロニオスにより、弁解の機会も与えられず教会裁判の手続きも経ず、エジプトから追放される。1891年にギリシャに戻り、何年かを説教者として過ごす。

1894年にアテネ・リザリオス教会学校の校長を任ぜられ、15年間在職しこの間多くの著作をのこす。1904年には何人かの修道女の求めに応じ、エギナ島に至聖三者女子修道院を設立する。1908年12月に神学校校長の職を辞し、エギナ島の至聖三者女子修道院に一修道士として隠棲する。ここでも著述を行い、精神的指導を求めて来る近隣の人々の痛悔を聞いた。
1920年11月9日、永眠。永眠後の遺体の傍らで、重病人が快癒する奇蹟が起きたと伝えられている。埋葬式には多くの人がギリシャ・エジプト全土から訪れた。1961年4月20日に列聖。生前からネクタリオスを聖人とみる人々が多かったが、正式な列聖はこの日に行われた。

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Saint Nektarius (St Nectarios) of Aigine Island, Greece (+1920) – November 9

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St Nektarius of Aigine Island, Greece (+1920)

Saint Nektarius (St Nektarios)

of Aigine Island, Greece (+1920)

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Saint Nektarius, the great wonderworker of modern times, was born Anastasius Kephalas in Selebria, Thrace on October 1, 1846.

Since his family was poor, Anastasius went to Constantinople when he was fourteen in order to find work. Although he had no money, he asked the captain of a boat to take him. The captain told him to take a walk and then come back. Anastasius understood, and sadly walked away.

The captain gave the order to start the engines, but nothing happened. After several unsuccessful attempts, he looked up into the eyes of Anastasius who stood on the dock. Taking pity on the boy, the captain told him to come aboard. Immediately, the engines started and the boat began to move.

Anastasius found a job with a tobacco merchant in Constantinople, who did not pay him very much. In his desire to share useful information with others, Anastasius wrote down short maxims from spiritual books on the paper bags and packages of the tobacco shop. The customers would read them out of curiosity, and might perhaps derive some benefit from them.

The boy went about barefoot and in ragged clothing, but he trusted in God. Seeing that the merchant received many letters, Anastasius also wanted to write a letter. To whom could he write? Not to his parents, because there were no mail deliveries to his village. Not to his friends, because he had none. Therefore, he decided to write to Christ to tell Him of his needs.

“My little Christ,” he wrote. “I do not have an apron or shoes. You send them to me. You know how much I love you.”

Anastasius sealed the letter and wrote on the outside: “To the Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.” On his way to mail the letter, he ran into the man who owned a shop opposite the one in which he worked. The man asked him where he was going, and Anastasius whispered something in reply. Seeing the letter in his hands, the man offered to mail it for him, since he was on his way to the post office.

The merchant put the letter in his pocket and assured Anastasius that he would mail it with his own letters. The boy returned to the tobacco shop, filled with happiness. When he took the letter from his pocket to mail it, the merchant happened to notice the address. Astonished and curious, the man could not resist opening the letter to read it. Touched by the boy’s simple faith, the merchant placed some money in an envelope and sent it to him anonymously. Anastasius was filled with joy, and he gave thanks to God.

A few days later, seeing Anastasius dressed somewhat better than usual, his employer thought he had stolen money from him and began to beat him. Anastasius cried out, “I have never stolen anything. My little Christ sent me the money.”

Hearing the commotion, the other merchant came and took the tobacco seller aside and explained the situation to him.

When he was still a young man, Anastasius made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. During the voyage, the ship was in danger of sinking in a storm. Anastasius looked at the raging sea, and then at the captain. He went and stood beside the captain and took the helm, praying for God to save them. Then he took off the cross his grandmother had given him (containing a piece of the Cross of Christ) and tied it to his belt. Leaning over the side, he dipped the cross into the water three times and commanded the sea, “Silence! Be still.” At once, the wind died down and the sea became calm.

Anastasius was saddened, however, because his cross had fallen into the sea and was lost. As the boat sailed on, sounds of knocking seemed to come from the hull below the water line. When the ship docked, the young man got off and started to walk away.

Suddenly, the captain began shouting, “Kephalas, Kephalas, come back here.” The captain had ordered some men into a small boat to examine the hull in order to discover the source of the knocking, and they discovered the cross stuck to the hull. Anastasius was elated to receive his “Treasure,” and always wore it from that time forward. There is a photograph taken many years later, showing the saint in his monastic skufia. The cross is clearly visible in the photo.

On November 7, 1875, Anastasius received monastic tonsure at the Nea Moni Monastery on Chios, and the new name Lazarus. Two years later, he was ordained a deacon. On that occasion, his name was changed to Nektarius.

Later, when he was a priest, Father Nektarius left Chios and went to Egypt. There he was elected Metropolitan of Pentapolis. Some of his colleagues became jealous of him because of his great virtues, because of his inspiring sermons, and because of everything else which distinguished Saint Nektarius from them.

Other Metropolitans and bishops of the Patriarchate of Alexandria became filled with malice toward the saint, so they told Patriarch Sophronius that Nektarius was plotting to become patriarch himself. They told the patriarch that the Metropolitan of Pentapolis merely made an outward show of piety in order to win favor with the people. So the patriarch and his synod removed Saint Nektarius from his See. Patriarch Sophronius wrote an ambiguous letter of suspension which provoked scandal and speculation about the true reasons for the saint’s removal from his position.

Saint Nektarius was not deposed from his rank, however. He was still allowed to function as a bishop. If anyone invited him to perform a wedding or a baptism he could do so, as long as he obtained permission from the local bishop.

Saint Nektarius bore his trials with great patience, but those who loved him began to demand to know why he had been removed. Seeing that this was causing a disturbance in the Church of Alexandria, he decided to go to Greece. He arrived in Athens to find that false rumors about him had already reached that city. His letter of suspension said only that he had been removed “for reasons known to the Patriarchate,” and so all the slanders about him were believed.

Since the state and ecclesiastical authorities would not give him a position, the former Metropolitan was left with no means of support, and no place to live. Every day he went to the Minister of Religion asking for assistance. They soon tired of him and began to mistreat him.

One day, as he was leaving the Minister’s office, Saint Nektarius met a friend whom he had known in Egypt. Surprised to find the beloved bishop in such a condition, the man spoke to the Minister of Religion and Education and asked that something be found for him. So, Saint Nektarius was appointed to be a humble preacher in the diocese of Vitineia and Euboea. The saint did not regard this as humiliating for him, even though a simple monk could have filled that position. He went to Euboea to preach in the churches, eagerly embracing his duties.

Yet even here, the rumors of scandal followed him. Sometimes, while he was preaching, people began to laugh and whisper. Therefore, the blameless one resigned his position and returned to Athens. By then some people had begun to realize that the rumors were untrue, because they saw nothing in his life or conversation to suggest that he was guilty of anything. With their help and influence, Saint Nectarius was appointed Director of the Rizarios Seminary in Athens on March 8, 1894. He was to remain in that position until December of 1908.

The saint celebrated the services in the seminary church, taught the students, and wrote several edifying and useful books. Since he was a quiet man, Saint Nektarius did not care for the noise and bustle of Athens. He wanted to retire somewhere where he could pray. On the island of Aegina he found an abandoned monastery dedicated to the Holy Trinity, which he began to repair with his own hands.

He gathered a community of nuns, appointing the blind nun Xenia as abbess, while he himself served as Father Confessor. Since he had a gift for spiritual direction, many people came to Aegina to confess to him. Eventually, the community grew to thirty nuns. He used to tell them, “I am building a lighthouse for you, and God shall put a light in it that will shine forth to the world. Many will see this light and come to Aegina.” They did not understand what he was telling them, that he himself would be that beacon, and that people would come there to venerate his holy relics.

On September 20, 1920 the nun Euphemia brought an old man in black robes, who was obviously in pain, to the Aretaieion Hospital in Athens. This was a state hospital for the poor. The intern asked the nun for information about the patient.

“Is he a monk?” he asked.

“No, he is a bishop.”

The intern laughed and said, “Stop joking and tell me his name, Mother, so that I can enter it in the register.”

“He is indeed a bishop, my child. He is the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Pentapolis.”

The intern muttered, “For the first time in my life I see a bishop without a panagia or cross, and more significantly, without money.”

Then the nun showed the saint’s credentials to the astonished intern who then admitted him. For two months Saint Nektarius suffered from a disease of the bladder. At ten thirty on the evening of November 8, 1920, he surrendered his holy soul to God. He died in peace at the age of seventy-four.

In the bed next to Saint Nektarius was a man who was paralyzed. As soon as the saint had breathed his last, the nurse and the nun who sat with him began to dress him in clean clothing to prepare him for burial at Aegina. They removed his sweater and placed it on the paralyzed man’s bed. Immediately, the paralytic got up from his bed, glorifying God.

Saint Nektarius was buried at the Holy Trinity Monastery on Aegina. Several years later, his grave was opened to remove his bones (as is the custom in Greece). His body was found whole and incorrupt, as if he had been buried that very day.

Word was sent to the Archbishop of Athens, who came to see the relics for himself. Archbishop Chrysostomos told the nuns to leave them out in the sun for a few days, then to rebury them so that they would decay. A month or two after this, they opened the grave again and found the saint incorrupt. Then the relics were placed in a marble sarcophagus.

Several years later, the holy relics dissolved, leaving only the bones. The saint’s head was placed in a bishop’s mitre, and the top was opened to allow people to kiss his head.

Saint Nektarius was glorified by God, since his whole life was a continuous doxology to the Lord. Both during his life and after his death, Saint Nektarius has performed thousands of miracles, especially for those suffering from cancer. There are more churches dedicated to Saint Nektarius than to any other modern Orthodox saint.

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Ήταν από το χωριό Χαυδάτα της Κεφαλλονιάς ο κατά κόσμον Γεράσιμος Παναγή Μοσχονάς. Το 1926 ήλθε στη μονή του Αγίου Παύλου, όπου υπήρχαν αρκετοί συμπατριώτες του, για να συναντήσει ένα θείο του, που μόναζε εκεί και που είχε σταθεί ευεργέτης του, όταν μικρός ορφάνεψε με τα πέντε αδέλφια του. Επρόκειτο περί του εναρέτου μονάχου Κωνσταντίου (t 1973). Η τάξη της μονής και η αρετή των πατέρων τον έκαναν να παραμείνει σε αυτή και να έγγραφε! δόκιμος το 1936. Εκάρη μοναχός το 1937.

Συνεδέθη πνευματικά με τον μακαριστό ηγούμενο της μονής Γρηγορίου Αθανάσιο (t 1953), και τις συμβουλές του περί ξενιτείας, ακτημοσύνης και εγκρατείας διατήρησε ισόβια. Δεν είχε καμία αλληλογραφία και ούτε την παραμικρή περιουσία. ‘Υπήρξε διακονητής, παντού και πάντοτε, φίλεργος και φιλότιμος.

Κατά τη διάρκεια της γερμανικής κατοχής φυγάδευσε αρκετούς καταδιωκομένους και τους έσωσε. Για τη δράση του αυτή είχε την ευλογία του ηγουμένου του, συνελήφθη όμως από τις γερμανικές αρχές και οδηγήθηκε για να δικαστεί στο στρατοδικείο της Θεσσαλονίκης. Απολογούμενος κι ερωτώμενος είπε ότι ό,τι έκανε το έκανε κατά τον ευαγγελικό λόγο περί υπερασπίσεως των αδικουμένων και όχι των αδικούντων. Καταδικάσθηκε σε θάνατο. Αναμένοντας την εκτέλεση στις φυλακές είδε τους προστάτες άγιους της μονής Γεώργιο και Παύλο και συνομίλησε μαζί τους. Μάλιστα τη συνομιλία άκουσαν και οι συγκρατούμενοί του, τη θεώρησαν όμως παραλήρημα του πυρετού του. Οι άγιοι τον καθησύχασαν, τον παρηγόρησαν και του είπαν ότι θα ελευθερωθεί. Πράγματι, μετά τριήμερο πήδηξε μεσημέρι από τον τρίτο όροφο του κτιρίου που φυλαγόταν και με τα πόδια έφθασε στο Άγιον Όρος με τη βοήθεια των αγίων. Επειδή ήταν καταζητούμενος, αναγκάσθηκε να κρυφτεί. Επί δύο σχεδόν έτη παρέμεινε κρυμμένος σ’ ένα άγνωστο σπήλαιο πλησίον της μονής, τρεφόμενος με τα άγια μυστήρια και με υλική τροφή κρυφά μόνο από τον ηγούμενο. Κατόπιν έλεγε πως παρά τον φόβο και τον κόπο πέρασε με μεγάλη χαρά ψυχής όλο αυτό το διάστημα, προφανώς με τη συμπαράσταση των αγίων Γεωργίου και Παύλου του Ξηροποταμηνού.

Όσοι είχαν ευεργετηθεί από αυτόν θέλησαν να τον ανταμείψουν με πλούσια δώρα για τη σωτηρία τους, μα δεν θέλησε να τα παραλάβει ποτέ, λέγοντας πως απλά έκανε το καθήκον του και αυτό που του έλεγε η συνείδησή του. Ήταν ένας τίμιος άνθρωπος. Σεμνός, ήσυχος, φιλακόλουθος, ολιγόλογος, σοβαρός. Τον θυμάμαι με την υπέροχη απλότητά του, την ειλικρίνεια και την καλογερική του στάση. Δεν έλεγε πολλά, αλλά τα λίγα ήταν αρκετά. Τη ζωή του διήλθε στην αφάνεια του ευλογημένου κοινοβίου. Εργαζόταν μυστικά τις ένθεες αρετές και βίαζε τον εαυτό του καθημερινά στα πάντα.

Ο νυν μητροπολίτης Μεσογαίας Νικόλαος γράφει περί αυτού: «Άσκηση των τελευταίων του ετών αποτελούσε ο ασυμβίβαστος αγώνας του για αδιάλειπτη προσευχή, η επιμονή στην ορθοστασία στις μακροσκελέστατες ακολουθίες, παρά το βάρος της ηλικίας και τους αφόρητους πόνους της μέσης του, και η πλήρης αλουσία και υπομονή της βρομιάς και ατημελησίας. Το κελλί του μύριζε από την εγκατάλειψη όσο περίπου και το σώμα του. Το καταλάβαινες, ακόμη κι αν ήσουν συναχωμένος! Παρέα του οι λιγοστές εικόνες του, το τριμμένο κομποσχοίνι του και φυσικά μια τεράστια ποικιλία ζωυφίων και ζωντανών που εύρισκαν μαζί με φιλόξενο καταφύγιο αρκετή τροφή στο κελλάκι του… Συνέπεια, υπομονή και εγκαρτέρηση αξιοθαύμαστη… Τέτοια μαργαριτάρια έκρυβε το θησαυροφυλάκιο του Αγίου Παύλου. Τέτοιοι θησαυροί αποτελούν την ανεκτίμητη έμψυχη περιουσία της κρύπτης του Αγίου Όρους».

Μετά τον Εσπερινό της 23.7.1998 απεσύρθη στο κελλί του και διάβαζε το Απόδειπνο. Τον επισκέφθηκε ένας μοναχός προσφέροντάς του ένα γλύκισμα. Δεν το δέχθηκε. Μετά το Απόδειπνο δεν έπινε ούτε νερό, τηρώντας πάντα το αυστηρό τυπικό του. Ο μοναχός Νικόδημος Αγιοπαυλίτης γράφει περί αυτού: «Μετά από ολίγην ώραν καθήμενος εις το κάθισμα, όπου ατέλειωτες ώρες προσηύχετο, παρέδωσε την μακαρίαν ψυχήν του εις χείρας του Ζωοδότου Σωτήρος Χριστού. Ας είναι η μνήμη αυτού αιωνία».

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