Saturday, December 5, 2015

Saint Nektarios the Athonite (+ 1500)

St. Nektarios the Athonite (Feast Day - December 5)

Verses

Nektarios lived a richly bitter life,
Now he drinks the immortal nectar above.

The homeland of the venerable Nektarios was in Monastiri in Macedonia, and he was born in 1406 with the name Nicholas. During a raid of the Hagarenes, in order for his parents to escape capture, they fled to a mountain. Then the father of Nicholas, with the consent of his wife, took his two boys and went to become a monk, where he received the name Pachomios at the Monastery of the Holy Unmercenaries, which was located at the foot of the mountain where they hid.

Then a certain monk named Dionysios Iagaris, who belonged to the Cell of the Archangels near Karyes of the Holy Mountain, took Nicholas and brought him to Mount Athos. There he became a monk and took the name Nektarios. He then clung there to his spiritual father, Philotheos, who had the gift of clairvoyance.

Since then Nektarios began an enviable ascetic life, with rare virtues that made him known throughout Mount Athos. Many times Satan wanted to cast him into sin through his fellow ascetics, but Nektarios with the grace of God and his great humility, succeeded in facing these trials. The venerable Nektarios reposed peacefully on the 5th of December in the year 1500.

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