Holy Apostle Philip (Nov. 14) and Holy Apostle Matthew the Evangelist (Nov. 16)

He was born in Bethsaida near the Seas of Galilee, as were Saint Peter and Saint Andrew the First-Called. Instructed in the Holy Scripture from his youth, Philip immediately responded to the call of Christ and followed Him (St. John 1:43). After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Philip preached the Gospel with zeal in many regions of Asia and in Greece, where the Jews sought to kill him but the Lord saved him by the might of His wonders (miracles).

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Saint John Chrysostomos (the Golden-Tongued), Patriarch of Constantinople (Part II)

God bestowed upon Saint John Chrysostomos the gift of teaching and the grace of the Holy Spirit, which worked in him even as it had in the Apostles. This was revealed to one of the monks living in that monastery, an ascetic named Hesychius was also clairvoyant. One night, while keeping vigil and praying, he beheld in a vision two men of a magnificent appearance, clad in white garments and shining like the sun, who came down from heaven and entered the cell (kellion) of the blessed John as he stood in prayer. One of them held a scroll covered with writing and the other held keys. When St. John saw them, he was afraid and hastened to fall down to the ground before them. But they took him by the hands, and raising him up, said, "Take heart and have no fear."

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Saint John Chrysostomos (the Golden-Tongued), Patriarch of Constantinople

He was born in Antioch in the year 347 A.D., his father's name being Secundus and his mother's Anthusa. Studying Greek philosophy, St. John became disgusted with Hellenic paganism and turned to the Christian faith as the one and all-embracing Truth. St. John was baptized by Meletius, Patriarch of Antioch, and, after that, his parents were also baptized. After their death, St. John became a monk and began to live in strict asceticism. He wrote a book: On the Priesthood, after which the Holy Apostles John and Peter appeared to him, prophesying for him great service, great grace and also great suffering.

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The Sacred Writings of Saint Nektarios, Bishop of Pentopolis and Wonderworker

It is evident that unbelief is an evil offspring of an evil heart; for the guileless and pure heart everywhere discovers God, everywhere discerns Him, and always unhesitatingly believes in His existence. When the man of pure heart looks at the World of Nature, that is, at the sky, the earth, and the sea and at all things in them, and observes the systems constituting them, the infinite multitude of stars of heaven, the innumerable multitudes of birds and quadrupeds and every kind of animal of the earth, the variety of plants on it, the abundance of fish in the sea, he is immediately amazed and exclaims with the Prophet David: "How great are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom, Thou made them all."

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Our Holy Father Saint Nektarios of Aegina, Bishop of Pentopolis and Miracle Worker (Part III)

Saint Nektartios writes: Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the many and be maintained in their consciousness.

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Our Holy Father Saint Nektarios of Aegina, Bishop of Pentopolis and Miracle Worker (Part II)

Saint Nektarios lived like an Angel in the flesh with the rays of the Uncreated Light shining around him, yet once again he was calumniated by certain members of the Hierarchy who made malicious accusations about his monastery. He bore these latter trials with the patience of Christ, meekly and without complaint, as he did the painful illness which afflicted him for more than eighteen months before he spoke of it. He thanked God for putting him to the test in this way and did his best to keep the pain he suffered secret until the last days of his life. After a final pilgrimage to an icon of the Mother of God venerated not far from the monastery, he told his disciples of his coming departure for Heaven and was taken to a hospital in Athens where, after fifty days of suffering borne with a patience that edified all who visited him, he gave up his soul in peace to God on November 8th, 1920.

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Our Holy Father Saint Nektarios of Aegina, Bishop of Pentopolis and Miracle Worker (Part I)

Our Holy Father Nektarios was born on 1st October 1846 at Selymvria in Thrace, Northern Greece. His parents, Demos and Maria Kephalas, were pious Christians but not rich in this world's goods. Their son was baptized Anastasios and, from infancy, showed great piety and love for study. When his mother taught him Psalm 50 (51), he liked to repeal the verse: "I shall teach Thy ways unto the wicked and sinners shall be converted unto Thee."

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