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December 11, 2014

When St. Nektarios Saw St. Nicholas in a Dream

The following letter was written by St. Nektarios of Aegina on October 21, 1907 and is addressed to his spiritual daughters in Aegina:

I am writing this letter to you immediately upon rising from bed so as to let you know of an impressionable dream I had. I dreamt that I was standing at the foot of the reliquary of Saint Nicholas. He appeared to be sleeping, however, he also seemed to be moving at the same time. He then opened his eyes, sat up and lifted his arms towards me. I bowed in reverence to kiss him, but he embraced me and kissed me on the mouth three times. I, too, kissed him. After the embrace he looked at me and said, "I will take you up high, very high, but I want you to make a silver throne for me." As soon as he said that, he immediately went back to sleep, and then I woke up. Once I awoke, I remembered that I had seen this dream once before, in fact only a few days ago, but I had forgotten it. I now remember that the Saint had kissed me in the first dream, but I did not say anything. It was in the second dream that he made the announcement and request. 

I am writing to you about what I saw because what made an impression on me was its revealing character and the assertion of his announcement and subsequent request. We shall see if it is a true dream. It does appear to be true, but we should remain neutrally inclined and let the Lord guide us towards good works. I have decorated the church of Cairo which honors the name of Saint Nicholas and transformed what was once meager into something grand. This is, however, the first time that I have seen Saint Nicholas in my dream, not to mention that he also embraced and talked to me. May the name of the Lord be blessed.

From Saint Nektarios: A Saint For Our Times.