Monday, November 9, 2020

The Pine Tree at the Tomb of Saint Nektarios

In the ancient ruins over which Saint Nektarios later built his monastery in Aegina, there lived two nuns beforehand. During the reconstruction of the ancient monastery, one of these nuns, Anastasia, wanted to plant a pine tree.

The place she chose to plant the pine tree was to the right of the church on the lower ground.

Holding the tree in her hands as she went to plant it, she heard a voice say to her:

"Not there, but further over. Leave room for a tomb."

Dismissing this voice, Anastasia proceeded to plant the tree at the spot she had herself chosen. 
She then heard the same voice say to her the same thing:
"Not there, but further over. Leave room for a tomb."
When she attempted a third time to plant the pine tree at the spot she had chosen, Anastasia felt an invisible force push her, which made her retreat.

This is why the pine tree was planted further over, leaving an empty space for a while, until right behind it the tomb of Saint Nektarios was later built.

From the book of Monk Abimelech of Crete, Βιογραφία Μητροπολίτου Πενταπόλεως, εν μακαρία τη λήξει Σεβασμιωτάτου Νεκταρίου. Translation by John Sanidopoulos.

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