This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Nektarios of Aegina
Nektarios of Aegina [Greek: Νεκτάριος Αιγίνης] (1846-1920) was born on 1 October 1846 in Turkey in to a poor Greek family. At the age 20, he moved to the Greek island of Chios to take a teaching post, and was tonsured a monk at the Monastery of Nea Moni. Later he went to Egypt, where he was consecrated as Archbishop of Pentapolis and All Libya by Pope Sophronios of Alexandria. He then returned to Greece in 1891, and spent several years as a the Dean of the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School in Athens for fifteen years. He developed many courses of study, and wrote numerous books, while preaching widely throughout Athens. In 1904, at the request of several nuns, he established Holy Trinity Monastery for them on the island of Aegina, where he remained as Elder until his death on November 8, 1920. He worked many miracles and possessed many spiritual gifts, that led to him being known as the "Wonderworker of Aegina."