by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, Mount Athos
“Nobody would dispute that the most important day in a person’s life, after his birth and baptism, is that of his marriage. It is no surprise, then, that the aim of contemporary worldly and institutional upheavals is precisely to crush the most honorable and sacred mystery of marriage. For many people, marriage is an opportunity for pleasures and amusements. Life, however, is a serious affair. It is a spiritual struggle, a progression toward a goal—heaven. The most crucial juncture, and the most important means, of this progression is marriage. It is not permissible for anyone to avoid the bonds of marriage, whether he concludes a mystical marriage by devoting himself to God, or whether he concludes a sacramental one with a spouse.”
Venerable Nicetas the Confessor the Abbot of Medikion
You were a firm pillar and an undaunted guardian of sacred tradition, O Nicetas; you were adorned with holy dispassion and became an illustrious confessor of the Faith. Accept the prayers of those who cry to you, interceding for them with Christ our God.
Kontakion, Tone 2
You acquired a heavenly mind and life, shining as brightly as the sun in the splendor of your deeds! Father Nicetas, you enlighten those in the darkness of life guiding them all to God. Pray without ceasing for us all!