Saint Nektarios, the patron saint of Aegina was recognized as a Greek Orthodox saint in 1961, making him one of the most recently canonized saints in the Greek Orthodox church. A philosopher and writer, Saint Nektarios became widely known as a healer and was particularly sought out by persons suffering from heart disease and cancer. I lost my own Yiayia Metos to cancer in 1996, so visiting this monastery has always had special meaning to me.
He is considered a “walking saint”, meaning a saint that appears regularly to the faithful in dreams or visions. Until his death in 1920, Saint Nektarios lived in the Holy Trinity Monastery which he established, and where numerous nuns reside today. The monastery sits high on top of a hill, overlooking the more modern Saint Nektarios church at the base of that hill. The panoramic views from Holy Trinity Monastery stretch to the sea.
Start your visit at the monastery where you can explore the very room that Saint Nektarios once lived. As with most monasteries in Greece you can buy icons, holy oil and other items at the nearby gift shops. In the monastery center are two small chapels, one where the remains and relics of Saint Nektarios are kept, and the other is where his marble tomb rests. Put your ear on the tomb and listen closely. Some faithful hear blessings from the Saint. Others hear scratching. My cousin Chris described hearing a loud and unmistakable heartbeat when he pressed his ear to the tomb. Some—like me—do not hear anything but the voice inside their head pleading for even just a murmur.
When you exit the monastery, weave the winding pathway that leads down to the church of Saint Nektarios. Vibrant and picturesque bougainvillea flowers adorn your trek allowing for one more perfect memory of this notable place of worship.