GOC-K Celebration of St. Nektarios of Aegina

November 24, 2014 (Source: http://www.impc.gr)

Metropolitan Gerontios II of Piraeus and Salamis (the GOC-K Metropolitan for the area), recently celebrated the Feast of St. Nektarios of Pentapolis and Aegina.  St. Nektarios’ feast was on November 9 on the Church Calendar (which is November 22 on the New Calendar, or this past Saturday). 

St. Nektarios of Pentapolis and Aegina, a great wonder-working saint, was perhaps, like most such holy men, extremely persecuted and slandered in his lifetime (similar, somewhat, to St. John Maximovitch). St. Nektarios was accused of many scandalous things, and eventually deposed and expelled by the Alexandrian Patriarchate from Egypt.  During his time in Greece he experienced similar persecution and slander.  Eventually he took over the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School, and was later patron to a convent of nuns on Aegina.  Only through his holy life was he able to silence the multitudes of attackers, clergy and lay alike.  The Alexandrian Patriarchate, however, only formally admitted to making up the charges against him in 1998; nearly 80 years after his repose.

The most devout disciples of St. Nektarios later went on to embrace the sturggle for the preservation of Orthodox Tradition in the Genuine Orthodox Church, and separated from the schismastic and heretical new calendar State Church.

St. Nektarios was also noted for not only his sanctity, but, for his scholarly endeavours, such as the research and notes made for the celebration and revival of the Liturgy of St. Mark (which had gradually fallen into abeyance for various reasons beginning in the 12th century; the last manuscript of the Liturgy was edited by Patriarch Meletios Pegas in the 1590s).

St. Nektarios also predicted the coming of a ‘wicked archbishop’ who would plunge the Church of Greece into many grievous and horrible evils, and who would continue the slander and attacks on himself.  This prophecy was fulfilled in the coming of the wicked innovator who introduced the New Calendar into Greek Church life, Chrysostomos Papadopolous, who became Archbishop of Athens in 1923; he was responsible for extreme persecution of True Orthodox clergy and laity in Greece throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s (and thus resembled his fellow innovator, the Uniate Bishop turned first Romanian Patriarch, the most wicked Miron Christeau, who was responsible for untold thousands, if not more, killed).

For information from the GOC-K Metropolis of Piraeus and Salamis.