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When we think of Saints, we think of

them as God-loving people who lived a
long time ago but St. Nektarios lived and

died in the earlier part of the 20th
century. He was born on October 1, 1846
in Silyvria, Thrace (part of present day

November 9th
Turkey) with the name Anastasios
Kephalas. He left his village and found
work in a tobacco shop where he
packaged and delivered the boxes in
Constantinople at age 14. His boss was
not very nice to him. One time, when he
needed new shoes he wrote a letter to
APOLYTIKION God and sent it to be mailed with other
letters. A kind neighbor saw the letter
and provided help for the boy! While
"The offspring of Silyvria and the guardian of Aegina, alone in the tobacco shop at night,
the true friend of virtue who didst appear Anastasios would choose Bible passages
in the last years, O Nektarios, we faithfully honor thee to write on the packages because he
as a Godly servant of Christ, believed the message of Christ would
for thou pour forthest healing of every kind truly help people.
for those who piously cry out: One time he dipped the cross his Yiayia
Glory to Christ Who hath glorified thee, gave him into the sea, and the real piece
Glory to Him Who hath made thee wonderous, of the Cross of Christ inside calmed the
Glory to Him who worketh healing for all thee storm! Then it was miraculously found!
Six years later he traveled to the island of
Σηλυβρίας τὸν γόνον καὶ Αἰγίνης τὸν ἔφορον, τὸν Chios and entered a monastery where he
was ordained with the name Nektarios.
ἐσχάτοις χρόνοις φανέντα ἀρετῆς φίλον γνήσιον, From there, he went to serve under
Patriarch Sophronios, of Alexandria,
Νεκτάριον τιμήσωμεν πιστοί, Egypt. Other priests were jealous and
ὡς ἔνθεον θεράποντα Χριστοῦ. successfully removed Nektarios, sending
him back to Greece without a Church to
Ἀναβλύζει γὰρ ἰάσεις παντοδαπὰς τοῖς εὐλαβῶς serve. Rumors spread all around about
κραυγάζουσι : him, and it was a true test of his patience
and love not to get angry at others.
Δόξα τῷ σὲ δοξάσαντι Χριστῷ, Through much prayer and faith in Christ,
δόξα τῷ σὲ θαυμαστώσαντι, Saint Nektarios continued teaching the
people. When he died sick in a hospital,
δόξα τῷ ἐνεργούντι διὰ σοῦ πᾶσιν ἰάματα. his sweater even healed a paralyzed man!

Ἁγνὴ Παρθένε Δέσποινα,
ἄχραντε Θεοτόκε,
Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε

Παρθὲνε μὴτηρ ἄνασσα,
πανένδροσέ τε πόκε.
Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε

Ὑψηλοτέρα οὐρανῶν
ἀκτίνων λαμπροτέρα,
Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε
O Virgin pure, immaculate
O Lady Theotokos
O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.
O Virgin Mother, Queen of all
and fleece which is all dewy
O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

More radiant than
the rays of sun
and higher than the heavens
O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.