05 August 2022
Agios Nektarios Monastery is actually a Nunnery although we did not see any nuns. It is a truly spectacular building and we were fortunate enough to arrive during a service and listened to the Pappas giving his sermon followed by communion. The wine is given by spoon ( including small children) and the special Sunday Bread is in a large basket and you help yourself. It was a shame that the interior was full of scaffolding but at least renovation works were being carried out. I was wearing shorts, and before I could enter, I was given a full length wrap around skirt that I had to wear to cover my lovely long legs !!. I am not religious, more spiritual, but it was so good to see the church full, from the very young to the very old all practising their faith. I lit a candle, in memory of all those I have loved and lost.
Agios Nektarios is one of the most widely known Greek Orthodox Saints. He was known as a great miracle worker, particularly as a healer of every sort of disease. He was also a prolific writer, theologist, philosopher, moralist, educator, poet, ascetic and mystic. Sounds like my kind of man !