“Pure Virgin”: the legend behind the hymn

Saint Nectarios of Aegina was born in the 1st of October 1846 and died in the 8th of November 1920. He was officially recognized as a Saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1961. His Feast Day is celebrated every year on 9 November.

pure virgin, “Pure Virgin”: the legend behind the hymn
pure virgin, “Pure Virgin”: the legend behind the hymn

The legend “behind” his popular hymn to Virgin Mary

The legend wants Virgin Mary to appear in front of St. Nectar in the monastery of Aegina, and to ask him to write on a paper a special hymn where the angelic choirs were about to chant. This hymn was “Virgin pure”, which was composed by Simonopetri fathers, and became popular to orthodox –and not only- Christians everywhere.

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