Today is the Feast of St Nektarios the Wonderworker.
NOTHING is greater than a heart that is pure, because such a heart becomes God’s throne. And what is more glorious than God’s throne? Nothing, for sure. God says to those who have a pure heart,
“I shall dwell in them, and walk in their midst, and I shall be their God, and they shall be my people (2 Cor 6:16).”
Who are they, who are happier than such men? And of what good thing could they live deprived? Aren’t all the good things and the charisms of the Holy Spirit found in their blessed souls?
What more do they need? Nothing, in truth, nothing! For they have in their heart the greatest good: God himself!
St Nektarios of Aegina. Original at Απόψεις για τη Μονή Βατοπαιδίου.
BY the word of grace, O Nectarios, thou dost spring forth a spiritual nectar to the Church of Christ, for thou art cleansed in spirit.
Sticheron. Thy priests, O Christ, shall put on righteousness, and thy holy ones shall be exceeding glad.
Truly, thou hast been made known as a great servant of the Lord in these last times, O Nectarios, and hast established the faithful firmly.
Sticheron. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his holy ones.
The Church of Christ rejoiceth spiritually, seeing the grace which thou hast found from heaven, Nektarios our father.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: Both now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.
From Small Vespers for the Feast of St Nektarios. Original at Analogion.
See also my page on St Nektarios, and his beautiful hymn to the Theotokos, O Virgin Pure (Αγνή Παρθένε). Meanwhile, John Sandinopoulos on Mystagogy recounts the remarkable story of Fr Nektarios Vitalis.