Liturgical & Event Calendar
Feast of the Nektarios of Aegina, Metropolitan of Pentapolis in Egypt, the Wonderworker
On August 15 in the Holy Orthodox Church, we commemorate the venerable Dormition and
Translation of our supremely glorious Lady the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary.
Since thou drinkest the nectar of life eternal, thou gushest,
O Nektarios, streams of healings. On the ninth,
the soul of Nektarios was taken from his body.
Nektarios was born in Selyvria of Thrace on October 1, 1846. Because of his brilliance and holiness, Nektarios ascended in the Church of Alexandria from monk to metropolitan of Pentapolis in eastern Libya. His flock loved him. Nektarios’ swift ascent aroused the envy of lesser clergy and laity. In 1890, Patriarch Sophronios relieved the innocent Metropolitan Nektarios of his duties and commanded him to leave Egypt. He became a provincial preacher and teacher around Athens. Through his eloquent sermons his untiring labors to educate fitting men for the priesthood, his generous alms and deeds despite his own poverty, and the meekness and fatherly love that were manifest in him, Nektarios became a spiritual guide to many. In 1904, he began the building of Holy Trinity Convent on the island of Aegina. Nektarios spent the rest of his life there, and through his prayers delivered the island from drought, healed the sick, and cast out demons. The saint’s relics continue to work miracles since his entry into eternal life on this day in 1920. He was canonized in 1961. In 1998, Patriarch Petros VII and the Holy Synod of Alexandria begged the saint to forgive them and their predecessors.On this day, we also commemorate the Martyrs Onesiphoros and Porphyrios of Ephesus; Venerable Matrona of Constantinople; righteous mother Theoktista of Lesvos; Venerable Simeon the Translator (Metaphrastes); and Venerable Euthymios and Neophytos, founders of Docheiariou monastery on Athos.
By their intercessions, O Christ God, have mercy upon us. Amen.