May 8, 2016

Icon of St. Nilus the Myrrhgusher Gushes Myrrh in his Native Village

On the Saturday of Renewal Week, 7 May 2016, the feast of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher was celebrated brilliantly in his hometown of Agios Petros in Kynouria. He was born there in 1601.

Following the Divine Liturgy, a procession with his wonderworking icon and sacred relic took place around the village, in the exact place where the young Saint Nilus walked his initial steps as a child.

During the procession, both the clergy and laity became witnesses for yet another year of the great miracle of myrrh streaming from his holy icon, which is an event that usually takes place during the course of the procession every year.

Saint Nilus reposed on 12 November 1651. For this reason his primary feast day is November 12th, but he is also celebrated on May 7th in commemoration of the discovery and translation of his myrrhgushing and fragrant relics in a cave of Mount Athos in 1815.