Feast Day: January 1st
& January 30th, Feast Day of the Three Hierarchs
The Life of Saint Basil the Great: This Saint led Christ’s rational flock to Salvation through every virtue…
Apolytikion: Thy fame has gone forth into all the Earth, which has received thy word. Thereby thou hast taught the Faith; thou hast revealed the nature of created things; thou hast made a Royal Priesthood of the ordered life of men. Venerable Father Basil, intercede with Christ our God that our Souls may be saved.
Kontakion: Thou wast an unshaken foundation of the Church and didst give to all mortals an inviolate lordship which thou didst seal with thy doctrine, O Venerable Basil, revealer of the Mysteries of Heaven.
Feast Day: January 30th
Saint Basil the Great was born into a family of Saints! His mother Saint Emmelia was the daughter of a Martyr and the daughter-in-law of Saint Macrina the Elder. Saint Basil’s father was Saint Basil the Elder. And his siblings are Saint Macrina the Younger, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Naukratios of Mount Nitria, Saint Peter of Sebaste, Saint Theosevia, and five other sisters who lived a righteous life.
We have many God-inspired sermons and writings from Saint Basil, which are an endless source of Spiritual knowledge. His position as Archbishop provided for him a great opportunity to share his Spiritual thoughts and teach all about God and His Mysteries revealed to us.
Saint Basil wrote The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great, which the Church celebrates on his Feast Day January 1st, the five Sundays in Holy Lent, Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday. Also on Christmas Eve and the Eve of the Epiphany, unless Christmas or the Epiphany falls on a Sunday or Monday.
“Then I read the Gospel, and I saw there that a great means of reaching perfection was the selling of one’s goods, the sharing them with the poor, the giving up of all care for this life, and the refusal to allow the soul to be turned by any sympathy to things of Earth. And I prayed that I might find some one of the brethren who had chosen this way of life, that with him I might cross life’s short and troubled strait.”
Saint Basil dearly loved and cared for every single person, and he established the first hospital to enable the continued care of sick people.
Today we also keep the New Year Holy Tradition of Saint Basil Bread, where he Blessed and distributed bread to the people of his city, to return to them their coins and other possessions. Read this beautiful story about the beginning of this tradition.