Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine – par Roland Épin ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Saint Nectaire à Égine (+1920)

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Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine

par Roland Épin

C’est en Sélybie de Thrace, près de Constantinople, le 1er octobre 1846, que vint au monde, l’avant-dernier de six, Anastase Képhalas. Marie, sa mère, vivait douloureusement sa foi orthodoxe sous la persécution turque, mais elle sut donner à tous ses enfants son amour du Christ Pantocrator. Anastase en sera marqué pour la vie. Son père n’était pas souvent à la maison. Pour nourrir sa nombreuse famille, il travaillait tantôt comme agriculteur, tantôt comme pêcheur.

C’est la foi de sa “grand-mère bien-aimée”, de l’inoubliable grand-mère qui marquera le plus l’enfance d’Anastase et qui fera de lui un vrai “ressuscité” – sens de son prénom – avant de devenir le pur “nectar” de la Grèce et du monde.

Chaque soir, il voyait sa mère et sa grand-mère tirer les rideaux de l’unique chambre des enfants pour que les Turcs n’aperçoivent pas toute la famille agenouillée devant les icônes de la Sainte Trinité et de l’archange Michel éclairées par la flamme tremblotante des veilleuses. Aussitôt après la prière, Anastase “le petit garnement tant aimé”, se jetait dans les bras de sa grand-mère. Ainsi blotti sur son cœur, il s’abandonnait à cette sainte tendresse:

–Viens, grand-mère, disons ensemble : Aie pitié de moi, Seigneur.
–Oui, mon cœur.

Et serrant très fort son petit garnement, elle murmurait avec lui le psaume 50 qu’il connaissait par cœur. Au verset, j’enseignerai tes voies aux sans loi et les impies reviendront à toi, il était traversé comme par un courant électrique. Il tendait sa main et la posait sur la bouche de sa grand-mère et terminait seul le psaume, comme si cette phrase et la fin du psaume le concernaient particulièrement. Le feu de la tendresse humaine et le feu divin qui traversent le psaume 50 brûlaient le cœur du petit Anastase. Une ” force magique ” l’habitait alors. Cette force, il la puisait aussi dans la ” Croix de Bois Saint ” qu’il portait toujours à son cou. Ce minuscule morceau de bois de la vraie Croix, un Continue reading “Vie et message de Saint Nectaire d’Égine – par Roland Épin ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

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Saint Nectarios and Grandma Tatiana in Korea

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Saint Nectarios and Grandma Tatiana in Korea

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‘Grandma Tatiana,’ as we used to call her, was one of the first women who received Holy Baptism in Korea. She was the daughter of Fr. Alexi Kim, who was captured by the North Koreans and disappeared on the 9th of July, 1950. With her death, the last representative of the ‘first generation’ of Orthodox Koreans ended its existence on earth.

During the final 10 years of her live, she lived in the Metropolis Center for the Elderly, which is affiliated with the parish of St. Boris in Chuncheon.

When the biography of St. Nectarios was published, in 2010, by the press of the Holy Metropolis of Korea, “Korean Orthodox Editions,” Grandma Tatiana Kim liked the book so much that she immediately started translating it into Japanese, without telling anyone about her project. The unforgettable Tatiana knew Japanese well because she lived during the Japanese occupation of Korea, studied Japanese in school, and even lived and Continue reading “Saint Nectarios and Grandma Tatiana in Korea”

Vidéo: Ô Vierge Pure – Hymne de Saint-Nectaire d’Egine, Grèce ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Ô Vierge Pure

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Hymne de Saint-Nectaire d’Egine, Grèce

Ô Vierge Pure, Souveraine, Immaculée et Mère de Dieu

Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée

Ô Vierge Pure, Souveraine, Immaculée et Mère de Dieu.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Ô Vierge Mère Reine, Toison couverte de rosée.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Plus élevée que les cieux, plus brillante que le soleil.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Ô joie des vierges surpassant les chœurs angéliques.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Plus splendide que les cieux, plus pure que la lumière.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Plus sainte que les multitudes des armées célestes.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.

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Marie toujours Vierge, la Souveraine de l’univers.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Épouse Vierge Immaculée, très sainte Reine toute pure.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Marie Épouse Souveraine, la Source de notre joie.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Ô jeune Vierge vénérable, très sainte Mère Impératrice.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Plus vénérable que les Chérubins et combien plus glorieuse
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Que les Séraphins incorporels. Plus élevée que les Trônes.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.

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Réjouis-Toi, chant des Chérubins. Réjouis-Toi, hymne des Anges.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Cantique des Séraphins. Réjouis-Toi, joie des Archanges.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Réjouis-Toi, Paix et Joie. Réjouis-Toi, Port du Salut.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Du Verbe sainte Chambre nuptiale, Fleur d’incorruptibilité.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Réjouis-Toi, Paradis de joie de l’éternelle vie.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Réjouis-Toi, Arbre de vie et source d’immortalité.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.

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Je Te prie, ô Souveraine, je t’invoque maintenant.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Je Te prie, ô Reine du monde, j’implore Ta grâce.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Ô Vierge pure, vénérable, très sainte Souveraine.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Avec ferveur je Te supplie, ô Temple sanctifié.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Secours-moi, délivre-moi de celui qui me fait la guerre.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée.
Et fais de moi un héritier de la vie éternelle.
Réjouis-Toi, Épouse inépousée

エギナの聖ネクタリオス St Nektarios of Aigine ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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エギナの聖ネクタリオス

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)

November 9

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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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