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St. Nectarios of Pentapolis and the Island of Aegina: The Monastic Ideal, Vol. 2

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This second volume is a collection of St. Nectarios' catechetical letters to his spiritual children of Holy Trinity Convent, along with enriching, additional material such as a preface, introduction, and epilogue written by Cleopas Strongylis. 

"This book examines the well-known ministry of St. Nectarios by exploring the lesser-known writings, including his personal correspondence, his theological treatises, and his spiritual letters. In addition, the author, Archimandrite Dr. Cleopas Strongylis, provides the exceptional perspective of diverse contemporary Orthodox Christians who were either familiar or else acquainted with the saint...the reader will read the words and hear the voice of the saint himself."

- His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I



p. ix


p. xiii

Chapter One: An Introduction to St. Nectarios' Catechetical Letters

A. The Saint's Vision for the Holy Trinity Convent

p. 1

B. St. Nectarios' View of Monastic Life within the Convent

p. 2

1. The Saint's Spirit of Discernment

p. 2

2. The Principles of the Monastic Life

p. 4

3. The Convent's Regulations

p. 5

4. The Convent's Correspondence

p. 7

5. The Sisterhood and Its Service

p. 8

6. Advice Regarding Church Attendance

p. 10

7. The Saint's Thoughts Regarding Vigils

p. 10

8. The Spiritual and Physical Health of the Nuns

p. 11

9. St. Nectarios and Dream Interpretation

p. 14

C. St. Nectarios as Teacher and Spiritual Guide

p. 15

1. General Advice to the Nuns

p. 15

2. Advice Regarding the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion

p. 17

3. St. Nectarios' Preaching Ministry

p. 18

4. St. Nectarios' Proverbs

p. 20

5. St. Nectarios' References to His Literary Work

p. 23

6. Efforts for the Establishment of a Theological School

p. 25

D. St. Nectarios' Relationships Outside the Convent

p. 26

1. The Metropolitan of Athens

p. 26

2. The Rizareios Seminary

p. 28

3. Elder Pachomios

p. 29

4. Other Clergy and Laypersons

p. 30

5. St. Nectarios' Pastoral Care for the Nuns' Relatives

p. 30

6. St. Nectarios, Alexandria, and Halkida

p. 32

E. The Establishment of the Holy Trinity Convent

p. 32

1. The Construction of the New Convent

p. 32

2. Packages Sent by St. Nectarios

p. 34

Chapter 2: The Catechetical Letters of St. Nectarios

Letters 1-136

p. 37


p. 239

About the Author

p. 241

About the Translator

p. 243


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243 Pages
Holy Cross Orthodox Press
Product Dimensions:
9 x 6
Christopher Tripoulas
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