Agios Nektarios Monastery in Aegina
Agios Nektarios of Aegina (1846-1920), is one of the best-known Greek Orthodox saints. He was officially recognized as a saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1961. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to Aegina to visit the tomb of Agios Nektarios for healing purposes, to pray to him or ask for his blessings. . Agios Nektarios is also the patron saint of Aegina.
The monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina is one of the largest monasteries in Greece and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the Balkans.
It is located 6 km from the center of the city of Aegina and was founded by the Bishop of Pentapolis Nektarios around the period 1904-1910, at the request of several nuns. Bishop Nektarios moved to Aegina in 1908, but the monastery functioned again in 1904 under his direction while he remained at the Rizarios school. He lived in the monastery for 13 years and was buried under a plane tree outside the monastery church.
Inside the monastery there are two small chapels which actually house the tomb and the holy relics of Agios Nektarios. His cell, which was his home, is behind the two chapels and is open to the public.
Near the Monastery there is an imposing church, dedicated to the Saint. The church has two tall bell towers and four sets of windows, all covered with red arches. After the steps there is the Church of the Holy Trinity.
Agios Nektarios was known as a great miracle worker, especially as a healer of cancer and all kinds of diseases, he was also a prolific writer, theologian, philosopher, moralist, educator, poet, ascetic and mystic. Agios Nektarios was above all a man of deep prayer and a hard worker who worked like everyone around him, no job was ever dishonorable to him.
In 1904, at the request of several nuns, he established a monastery for women in Aegina named The Holy Trinity, where he lived the rest of his life as a monk. He wrote, published, preached and heard the confessions of those who came from near and far to seek his spiritual ideas.
Agios Nektarios is also known for his countless miracles and healing abilities when he healed a demonized man. Another significant event convinced the locals of his holiness when they asked him to pray for a drop of rain on the island. Both of these events were seen as signs from God. After a serious illness, he died in 1920.
His memory is celebrated on November 9, the name day of Nektarios. There are services in the church the day before and there is a special procession in the morning, where the remains of Agios Nektarios are carried through the streets of Aegina town.
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Aegina is one of the largest of the Saronic group in Greece, about 26 km south-southwest of Piraeus.