Thursday, February 8, 2018

A vision of Panagia, and the repose of Elder Nektarios Vitalis

The Most-holy Theotokos, who ever prays to the Lord for the salvation of the world (source)
Recently, Elder Nektarios Vitalis (who reposed today in the Lord, see below), in the chapel of St. Nektarios, Kamariza, Lavrio, saw a young woman praying fervently in front of the Icon of Christ.

Two hours passed, and the woman continued to pray. Elder Nektarios, even though he was tired, he was waiting for the woman dressed in black to finish her prayer in order to lock the church. He approached her and told her:

"My girl, I am tired and am waiting to close the church."

She girl responded: "I am praying before the Icon of my Son for Greece, because she will be found in a very difficult situation."
Elder Nektarios Vitalis (source)
Today, February 8th, 2018, Elder Nektarios Vitalis reposed in the Lord.

It should be noted that the blessed Elder Nektarios recently was facing serious health problems, but despite this, day and night he would give people his blessing and his guidance to the hundreds of the faithful who came to see him.

When in 1965 he suffered a stroke, his situation was dire, but St. Nektarios the Wonderworker granted him healing.

As soon as he became well, he moved to Lavro.

A short time later, he again saw St. Nektarios in his sleep, who asked him to build his "house" in Kamariza, Lavro [a famous pilgrimage of the saint, where many miracles have occurred], and who informed him that he would help him.

In 1980, the sacred Elder had an astonishing conversation with St. Nektaros, and during this, he was healed of an incurable illness...

A few days later, the general director of the Cancer Hospital "St. Savas" was astonishingly informed him that his cancer had disappeared. In Kamariza the bells rang joyously at the joyous news of the miracle.
Elder Nektarios Vitalis (source)
A short encomium written by Mr. Manolis Melinos, who wrote several books on St. Nektarios, his life and miracles, and especially came to know Elder Nektarios:
The sweet, the simple, the father,
The brother, the fellow man,
The consoler, the humble one,
The child among children, the great one among the great, the elder among the elders, in other words, the child-elder, reposed today, February 8th, 2018 at the age of 88. Now he is an intercessor for us at the heavenly Altar, together with St. Nektarios, near the Great High Priest Christ, Whom he had and never abandoned!
You all and everyone knows my spiritual relationship with him for 33 years, and I am deeply thankful to God Who made me worthy to be near him and to write his biography...
Now, humanly, our large spiritual family is in mourning along with my biological family, and I unworthily entreat God to make him worthy to continue to pray on behalf of us. In the proper time, I will return to write more in detail, but I am compelled at least to write this.
Manolis Melinos,
orphaned of a "Father"
Portrait of Elder Nektarios Vitalis (source)
May his memory be eternal! May he have a blessed Paradise and may we have his blessing!
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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