Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Hospital Room St. Nektarios Reposed In and Did His First Posthumous Miracle

"In this room Saint Nektarios of Aegina, the Metropolitan of Pentapolis and Wonderworker, reposed venerably on the night of Sunday 8 November 1920. Here also he did his first miracle after his repose to a sick man."

Saint Nektarios reposed in Athens on the evening of November 8, 1920, at the age of 74, following hospitalization for prostate cancer. The commemoration date for his feast was later set for the next day, November 9, because November 8 is the feast of Synaxis of the Archangel Michael.

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 his bed there was a patient who was paralyzed for years. As soon as the Saint gave up his spirit, a nurse of the hospital together with the nun who had accompanied the Saint, began to prepare the holy body for transportation to Aegina and burial. When they removed the old sweater of the Saint, they placed it for convenience on the bed of the paralytic and continued preparing the body. Strangely, the paralytic patient at once became well and rose from his bed, praising the Lord. This was the first miracle after the repose of the Saint, through which the Lord confirmed the sainthood of Metropolitan Nektarios.

Today the hospital room in which the Saint reposed is a shrine dedicated to the Saint in Aretaeio Hospital in room 2 on the second floor. There a vigil lamp continuously burns before his all-revered icon. Crowds of faithful visit this room daily, especially the sick, and leave physical and noetic tears as they pray to the philanthropic Saint. He gives the faithful courage and strength by reminding them that even though they may hurt mentally and physically, it is still possible to have constant contact and communion with God.

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