The Special Bond Between Saint Nektarios and Saint Amphilochios

Source: Mystagogy Resource Center

April 19, 2024


1. When Saint Nektarios built the monastery for his spiritual daughters in Aegina, a newly ordained young deacon would regularly come and officiate with him; this was the future Elder Amphilochios Makris, who at the time was a spiritual child of Saint Nektarios. Saint Nektarios discerned the holiness of Amphilochios and that the Holy Spirit dwelt within him. He had revealed this to the nuns of the monastery, when they asked Saint Nektarios why he allowed a young man to come and liturgize with him and commune the nuns, since the monastery was avaton to men, that is, no man was allowed on the grounds of the monastery except their elderly spiritual father, who also allowed only Elder Amphilochios Makris and Elder Philotheos Zervakos. The Saint replied to them that though they had a point in wondering why he allowed this, still "this young man Amphilochios will one day be venerated as a Saint."

2. Their souls were united even more during the last liturgy they performed together a year before Saint Nektarios reposed in 1920. Their spiritual bond became more intense when the Saint commissioned Amphilochios to take care of a sick nun in her cell.

Another time, due to overcrowding in the small guest house of the monastery, the Saint made him sleep in his cell inside the monastery enclosure.

3. Indicative of the special bond which had developed between Saint Nektarios and Elder Amphilochios is also the way in which the Saint healed him in 1958, when due to diabetes Elder Amphilochios had a dangerous abscess form on his leg. Marika Koufakis from Chania in Crete has preserved this story for us:

"Once Elder Amphilochios had an abscess on his leg. He was then in Patmos. The doctor saw him and he said that he had to be operated on urgently. This was miraculously cured, as the Elder himself later told me when I met him in Athens. I asked him... "

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