The church of Aghios Nikolaos Rangavas in Plaka, Athens, Greece.

The beauteous Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos Rangavas is located at Prytaniou Street in Plaka, on the northeastern side of the hill of the Acropolis.

Η εκκλησία του Αγίου Νικολάου Ραγκαβά στην Πλάκα, Αθήνα.

Ο περικαλλής Βυζαντινός ναός του Αγίου Νικολάου Ραγκαβά βρίσκεται στην οδό Πρυτανείου στην Πλάκα, στη βορειοανατολική πλευρά του λόφου της Ακρόπολης.

A Greek Parable: The Candle Lighter

I was just told this wonderful parable and felt the over-wading need to share it.

Once upon a time there was a young man by the name of George. George left school after Primary School and went to work in the town of Agios Nikolaos. He was given a very important job - the towns candle lighter. Every evening before dusk he would go to work bringing like to the town of Agios Nikolaos by lighting all the towns candles. This was a very important job and George was proud of the fact that he had such a huge responsibility. He was very content with his job. Many years later a law came in that in order to work for the town all employees must have at very least completed middle school. Unfortunately George could neither read nor write and he had no ambition to go back to middle school to learn these skills and so he was fired from his job.

George went looking for another job and after many months found a job selling cigarettes at the local kiosk. George became very good at selling cigarettes and later branched out and started selling many things. He started numerous companies and small businesses selling goods; setting himself, his family and many friends up with very successful businesses. Eventually George became not only a millionaire but a very revered man of Agios Nikolaos. One day whilst signing over one of his many successful business ventures he was asked to sign his name at the bottom of the page. George took a pen and marked an ‘X’ at the bottom of the page, the young lady completing the paperwork shocked at this response asked; “Why have you signed your name with an X”? George replied I can not read or write. “Wow” the lady replied: “Just Imagine what you could have been if you had learned to read and write”.

George replied that’s easy: “I would have been a candle lighter”.

This Parable can be interpreted in many ways, what does it mean to you?


Promotional Video I made for Agios Nikolaos