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Orthodox Spirituality Prayers written by St. Nektarios of Aegina
Compiled By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho, USA
November 2008


Introduction by Father Nektarios Serfes:

St. Nektarios of Aegina lived from 1846-1920, and I would like to share what Nikolaos S. Hatzinikolaou wrote about him: “…during his life time as a monk and Bishop he distinguished himself as a pastoral figure (thirty-five epistles), a loving and caring teacher (dean of Rizarios Theological Seminary in Athens), a prolific theologian (he wrote more than sixty books in various fields), a spiritual hymnographer (over 500 hymns) a thoughtful organizer of monasticism, a saintly hierarch (bishop of Pentapolis, Alexandria, and eventually was the bishop of Aegina), and above all a holy and humble man. He set a unique example of unselfish humility, godly poverty, prudent love, unfailing endurances and exemplary self-denial and forbearance.

However, what made him best known in Greece and all over the world is that he proved to be a clear vessel of the grace of God who granted him the gift of working miracles even before his death. There are numerous books describing his countless miracles. He is among the most popular saints and his monastery in Aegina is one of the most renowned shrines in Greece.

The memory of St. Nektarios is celebrated on November 9th."

We are now blessed to have the following translations in English some of the prayers that where written by St. Nektarios of Aegina.

The following prayer "O Pure Virgin" was translated from the Greek by His Grace, Bishop Basil (Essey), and considered one of most known prayers that St. Nektarios wrote.

O Pure Virgin
By St. Nektarios of Aegina
Translated by Bishop Basil (Essey)

 
O pure and virgin Lady, O spotless Theotokos:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O Virgin Queen and Mother, O dewy Fleece most sacred:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O height transcending heaven above, O beam of light most radiant:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O joy of chaste and virgin maids, surpassing all the angels:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O brilliant light of heaven above, most clear and most radiant:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
Commanding Chief of heavenly hosts, O holiest of holies:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O ever virgin Mary, O Mistress of creation:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O Bride all pure and spotless, O Lady all holy:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O holy Mary, Bride and Queen, O cause of our rejoicing:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O Maiden Queen honorable, O Mother most holy:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
More precious than the Cherubim, and more glorious than the Seraphim:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
Surpassing Principalities, Dominions, Thrones, and Powers:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
Rejoice, song of the Cherubim; Rejoice, hymn of the Angels:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
Rejoice, ode of the Seraphim, and joy of the Archangels:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
Rejoice, O peace, Rejoice, O joy, and haven of salvation:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O bridal chamber of the Word, unfading, fragrant blossom:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
Rejoice, delight of paradise, Rejoice, life everlasting:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
Rejoice, O holy Tree of Life, and Fount of immortality:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
I supplicate thee, Lady, I humbly call upon thee!
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O Queen of all, I beg thee, to grant me thy favor:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O spotless and most honored Maid, O Lady all holy:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
I call upon thee fervently, thou temple most holy:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
O thou my help, deliver me from harm and all adversity:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!
And by thy prayers show me to be an heir of immortality:
Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!


A Prayer
By St. Nektarios of Aegina
To the Holy Mother of God
Translated by Nikolaos S. Hatzinikolaou


Rejoice! exaltation, pride and good inheritance of the protoplasts.
Rejoice! going and everlasting joy of the forefathers.
Rejoice! glory of Abraham and promise of God.
Rejoice! blessing and divine maiden of all nations.
Rejoice! staff of Aaron; Rejoice! Closed gate.
Rejoice! maiden full of grace, receptacle of manna.
Rejoice! sanctified and blameless throne of the Lord.
Rejoice! immaculate Virgin, who is seen with God.
Rejoice! glorified Mother of the unwaning light.
Rejoice! mountain; Rejoice! bush; Rejoice! holy table.
Rejoice! my Lady, full of grace, most-holy.
 


 
Rejoice! glory of monastic and the splendor of the righteous.
Rejoice! wall, the foundation and the beauty of the virgins.
Rejoice! safe guide of those who travel by sea.
Rejoice! O most holy, peace of those who are under attack.
Rejoice! only powerful consolation of those who mourn.
Rejoice! foundation and salvation of those who are shaken.
Rejoice! only safe support of those who stand.
Rejoice! safe road of those who travel by land.
Rejoice! O Theotokos, the calmness of those under distress.
Rejoice! joy, the delight and the maiden of those afflicted.
 

Through you, our race was redeemed from curse.
Through you, it was accounted worthy of the delight of paradise.
Through you, every human nature has been renewed.
Through you, the corrupted in the past nature, has been rejuvenated.
Through you, the race of Adam was magnified.
Through you, it became worthy to receive grace, glory and strength.
Through you, O Mother and Virgin, it was reconciled with the divine being.
Through you, O one who gave birth to God, it was freed from tyranny.
Through you, it became worthy of the blessing of God.
Through you, the big and incurable would was healed.
Through you, it enjoyed sonship and salvation.
Through you, it enjoyed the heavenly inheritance.
 

A Prayer
By St. Nektarios of Aegina
To the Incorruptible Maiden
Translated by Nikolaos S. Hatzinikolaou
 
O Theotokos, Virgin Mary, it is indeed a dread and ineffable mystery,
what has been done in you.

For you, indeed, gave birth to the Word who is the cause of all things,
and who was incarnated by the Holy Spirit, beyond any cause or reason.

For from you, who remained unchangeable,
he received flesh of his own divine,
immutable and unaltered nature.

Since in him coexisted the two natures,
the divine and human,
in one hypostasis,
he was dual in nature,
a whole man and a God as well,
showing the perfect wholeness
and having all the energies of the characteristics of both.

As a moral he was crucified in flesh voluntarily
but as God during his passion, he overcame his passion.

As a mortal he died,
but as God he was risen.

As a mortal he was laid in a tomb,
but as God he was in hades,
defeating the power of death
and saving men.

Him, O Virgin Mary, most-pure Theotokos,
the saviour and redeemer of the human race,
entreat unceasingly for us, your servants,
that he may send down from heaven to us joy and peace.

From you, O holy Virgin,
Christ was born,

Who was God eternally,
but appeared as man recently.

He kept for himself,
in a divine and unconfusable union,
the properties of both natures;

He showed the divine and unconfusable union,
the properties of both natures;

He showed the divine with glorious wonders,
while he proved the human nature with his sufferings.

Therefore, although he was one
in one godly-human hypostasis,
he dies in the flesh as man,
yet he rises from the dead as God.

Him, O Virgin Mary, most-pure Theotokos,
as one who has boldness

Entreat that he may be compassionate
and save from the condemnation
those who praise you unceasingly.

A Prayer
By St. Nektarios of Aegina
To the Immaculate Virgin
Translated by Nikolaos S. Hatzinikolaou

 
Take away from me, O Virgin, the fetters of sin,
of my lusts and other transgressions:
the terrible carelessness and the overcaring,
the evil curiosity and the talkativeness,
the useless incontinence and the haughtiness,
the negligence, the drunkenness and the lack of mercy,
the bad desires, the terrible impurity,
the extravagance, the darkness,
the great insensitivity.

Take away the tendency to say jokes,
the enjoyment, the prodigality.

The laughter of immorality and every evil.

Give me, O maiden, fasting,
carefulness, vigilance and perfect obedience.

Give me carefulness in all
and acute discernment,
silence, order and holy patience.

Grant to me, O Lady, eagerness to work
and to attain my perfection,
and zeal for virtues and exercise.

Keep, O most-holy One,
my soul, my heart and my mind
in holiness and guard it in virginity.
 
 
Source: A Prayer to the Holy Mother of God, Prayer to the Incorruptible Maiden and A Prayer to the Immaculate Virgin, where edited and translated from the Greek by Nikolaos S. Hatzinikolaou, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, Brookline, Massachusetts, reprint 2002, pp. 221-225.
 
Source: O Pure Virgin translated by Bishop Basil (Essey) and taken from Liturgical Services St. Nektarios the Wonderworker Metropolitan of Pentapolis in English and Greek, Compiled by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, 2003, pp. 45-52.

Holy St. Nektarios !
Pray To God For Us!
Glory Be To God For All Things!

 
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