September 3, 2022

Synaxarion of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nektarios the Wonderworker


By Monk Gerasimos Mikragiannanitis

On the 3rd of this month [September], we celebrate the translation of the honorable relics of our Holy Father Nektarios the Bishop of Pentapolis and Wonderworker, which took place in the year of our salvation 1953.


Your relics appeared from the earth Father,
Showing its hidden grace to all.
On the third the bones of Nektarios appeared out of the earth.

This new luminous star of the Church, who was glorified with paradoxical power by God, reposed on the 9th of November, in the year of our salvation 1920, the commemoration of his passing to God having been extensively recorded. Today we celebrate the translation from the grave of his holy and miracle-flowing relics, which took place on the one thousandth five hundredth and fifty-third year, on the 3rd of September, with the Metropolitan of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina Prokopios serving as the main hierarch, surrounded by the former hierarch of Elis Antonios, as well as the island's Rulers, Monastics and sacred Clergy, and the Council of State.

Surrounded by these, the grave was opened; at once an unspeakable fragrance emerged and spread about, as if there was a large amount of myrrh in the air. Their venerable hands translated the honorable relics of the Saint into precious cases and were placed in the radiant Monastery as a treasury of inexhaustible divine grace and undepletable source of healing for various diseases and pains and sufferings. Various places and cities have been found worthy to have portions of his revered relics, for the sanctification of the faithful and the healing of the sick, and this great and sanctified father works and performs numerous miracles, and he hastens everywhere to rescue those who call upon him, as it has been widely written about.

Through his intercessions and that of all of Your Saints, Christ God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.

Apolytikion in the First Tone
The holy translation from your grave, of your revered relics Hierarch Nektarios, we celebrate, for the sanctification of body and soul, and the healing of all manner of sufferings, conveyed to those who fall down piously, before your grace crying out: glory to Him Who brightly glorified you, glory to Him Who sanctified you, glory to Him Who works through you, all manner of healings.

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Your revered relics, translated from the grave, is praised Nektarios the Wonderworker, with pious-minded cries: Rejoice, you who are honored as an equal of the Fathers.

Your revered relics, pour forth abundant grace, as it has been observed at your grave, Father Nektarios, where the faithful approach, receiving health, of body and soul.