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Papa-Nicholas Planas: The Simple Shepherd of the Simple Sheep; The Life and Endeavors of the Priest Nicholas Planas, Written by His Disciple the Nun Martha, with Letters and Pious Recollections of Several Christians Who Knew Him, and a Foreword by Photios Kontoglou

   
Translated from the Greek by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery

“The life of such a man is a great and soul-saving example for us in these present times when sin has mushroomed, and when men have become so accustomed to all manner of lasciviousness that they are completely ‘past feeling.’ In the darkest times, when the radiant face of God is hidden from the eyes of men, His love of mankind reveals in our midst one whom He has sent to establish us in the Faith by his manner of life, even though he may not speak many words. One thus sent was Papa Planas, who neither knew letters, nor had the easy speech of those whom the world is wont to call ‘theologians,’ who study in universities and other schools and receive diplomas. The mark of Orthodoxy is simplicity of heart which brings faith. And wherever there exist true and unshakeable faith, there are revealed all the spiritual graces and gifts of God.”
—“Foreword”

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE OF THE PUBLISHERS OF THE GREEK EDITION
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
SAYINGS OF HOLY SCRIPTURE WHICH BEFIT FATHER NICHOLAS PLANAS AND HIS SYNODIA
1 / The Life and Endeavors of the Priest Nicholas Planas Written by His Disciple, the Nun Martha
   1. The birth of Papa-Nicholas
   2. His ordination
   3. He sees Saint Panteleimon
   4. His Liturgies
   5. His fasts
   6. His “invoices and contracts”
   7. The vision of the lawyer
   8. The punishment of the caretaker
   9. His patience and tolerance
   10. The calendar
   11. A lesson for the carriage-driver
   12. The vision which the little boy saw
   13. A light above his head
   14. “Don’t put out the light, my Father!”
   15. His lack of concern for money
   16. “I don’t want your money; only your blessing!”
   17. The lady who wanted to test him
   18. The poison he drank without harm
   19. The healing of Papa Dimitri
   20. The appearance of Saints John & Panteleimon
   21. The appearance of the Angel
   22. In, but not of, the world
   23. How he used to behave towards rich and poor
   24. Liturgical majesty
   25. The prosphoron of the Angel
   26. “It’s the Bishop-Martyr Phocas!...”
   27. The wondrous cure
   28. The correction of vainglory
   29. The Communion of the leper
   30. Most fervent zeal and holy patience
   31. A comfort and a refuge
   32. The family which found its lost son
   33. The honor and love of his parishioners
   34. He prayed that they would let him pray
   35. Secret Liturgies
   36. He solves the difficulties of the faithful
   37. The surprise of the carriage-driver
   38. One of the achievements of his patience
   39. His being set aside at the Vigil & his long-suffering
   40. The punishment of the priest
   41. Those present and those absent in the Liturgy
   42. The tamed beast
   43. How he used to behave towards his concelebrants
   44. His thirst for prayer
   45. The appearance of Prophet Elisseus
   46. The confidence that his faith gave him
   47. Above scandals
   48. The carter who was benefited
   49. Help and light from Heaven
   50. Imitation of the Holy Fathers
   51. “Not even enough for his carriage!”
   52. “From now on you shall have no more pain”
   53. “My steps do Thou direct...”
   54. His final days on earth
   55. “The capital city will undergo tribulations...”
   56. And his disciple
   57. Some miracles
II / Passages From Letters of Mother Martha a Nun, Which Supplement the Preceding Biographical Notes
III / Pious Recollections of Several Christians Who Knew Him
   1. The holy priest with the gift of clairvoyance
   2. The Unforgettable appearance of a Saint
   3. “He isn’t walking on the ground!”
   4. Two events
   5. One of his spiritual children
   6. “Look how high up the priest is!”
   7. Alekos the chanter
   8. “And all Thy Saints...!”
EPILOGUE
APPENDIX
GLOSSARY
EPILOGUE TO THE SECOND ENGLISH PRINTING
A SERVICE TO PAPA-NICHOLAS

Item Number: BKHT345
Publication Data: Boston, MA: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 2001
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: lviii + 150
Dimensions (l × w × h): 19.6 cm × 13.4 cm × 1.4 cm
Additional Information: two-color printing, black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 0‒913026‒18‒2

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