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Saint Basil the GreatOur Father among the Saints Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea

Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great is one of the Three Great Ecumenical Doctors or Holy Heirarchs or Holy Bishops.
He was a most brilliant and heroic champion of the Third Person in the Holy Trinity, Holy God the Holy Spirit. Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great wrote De Spiritu Sancto (The Holy Spirit) in about 375. This was denied by Eunomius.
A Divine Liturgy bears his name.

Biography

1 January and 30 January - Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great was born in Caesrea of Cappadocia in 329 or 330. He is one of the eleven children of Our Father among the Saints Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. Our Father among the Saints Basil the Elder was the son of St. Marcina the Elder. St. Emmelia was the daughter of martyrs.
Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great's brothers include St. Gregory of Nyssa and St. Peter of Sebaste. His sister is Our Venerable Mother Macrina.

He began this studies in Caesarea and contined at Constantinople and Athens.
In Athens, Our Father among the Saints Basil met Gregory Nazianzen. They became close friends for life. Gregory Nazianzen became Our Father among the Saints Gregory the Theologian, Patriarch of Constantinople.
Our Father among the Saints Basil returned to Caesarea in 356.
He retired to the desert near Neo-Caesarea where his mother Emilia and his sister Macrina were living monastic lives.
There, Our Father among the Saints Basil wrote Essays on Spiritual Life.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine.
Our Father among the Saints Basil succeeded him as Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine in 370.
On January 1, 379, Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great died.

The father of Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great was Our Father among the Saints Basil the Elder.
Our Father among the Saints Basil the Elder was the son of a Christian of good birth and his wife, Macrina. Our Father among the Saints Basil the Elder was noted for his virtue. He married St. Emmelia (Eumelia), the daughter of a martyr.
He became the father of ten children.
Several of the children, including Macrina, Basil, and Gregory, are honoured as saints. Several of the children, including Peter, Gregory, and Basil, became priests.

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Feast Days

1 January - Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia

Our Fathers among the Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom; Great Ecumenical Doctors or Holy Heirarchs or Holy Bishops

30 January - In Constantinople, a quarrel about which of the three theologians was the greatest was happening. In 1100, Our Fathers among the Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom appeared to Patriarch John in a dream and asked him institute one feast for all of them because they were equal before "Holy God

Divine Liturgy

A Divine Liturgy A Divine Liturgy is named after Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great. This Divine Liturgy is celebrated on all Sundays in Great Lent, on Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, the Vigils of Navitity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and of Holy Theophany, and the Feast of Our Father among the Saints Basil, January 1.

Troparion

1 January - Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great (tone1)

Your teaching has spread over the whole world, for it has accepted your words that gave a divine explanation of doctrine. You have made clear the nature of things and set a rule of life for men. Holy Father and Kingly Priest, intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

30 January - The Three Great Ecumenical Doctors or Holy hierarchs or Holy Bishops (tone 1)

Let us all come together to honor with hymn and song the three great Satellites of the Holy Trinity, the Sun, enlightening the universe with the beams of their divine doctrine, flowing with honey-like rivers of wisdom, refreshing deserts with streams of God-knowledge: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, the famous preacher. Let us sing in hymns our love for their teachings, for they constantly intercede for us before the Holy Trinity.

More information

Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Basil the Great Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

The Fathers of the Church Please page down to Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great.

The three Holy Hierarchs, Fathers of the Church, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

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The three Holy Hierarchs, Fathers of the Church, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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