Feast Day: January 30th
The Three Hierarchs: The Three Hierarchs – an Earthly Trinity as they are called in some of the wonderful Troparia of their Service – have taught us, in their writings and equally by their lives, to Worship and to Glorify the Holy Trinity, the One God in Three Persons…
The Three Holy Hierarchs are Saint Basil the Great, Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Gregory the Theologian.
Doxastikon: The Hierarchs of Christ, and the pride of the Fathers, the towers of the Faith, and the teachers and protectors of the faithful, let us gather together, O lovers of Feasts, and offer them hymns of praise, hymning them as we say: Rejoice, light of the Church, O Wise Basil, and immovable pillar. Rejoice, heavenly nous, O Great Archpriest, Gregory the Theologian. Rejoice, O All-Golden John Chrysostom, the stentorian preacher of repentance. But, O thrice-joyous Fathers, do not cease to ever entreat Christ on behalf of those who celebrate your All-Sacred and Divine Feast with faith and fervour.
Apolytikion: The three greatest beacons of the Three-sunned Godhead, who lighted the whole inhabited world with the beams of their Divine doctrines, the rivers of wisdom flowing with honey, who watered all creation with streams of the knowledge of God, Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian with famous John whose tongue spoke golden words, let all we lovers of their words now assembled honour them in hymns. For they ever intercede with the Trinity on our behalf.
Oikos: Who is sufficient to open his lips and to move his tongue concerning them that breathed with fire in the power of the Word and the Spirit? Howbeit, I shall make bold to speak of such a thing; for the three of them have surpassed all human nature by their great graces, which were many; and in discipline and divine vision, they have outdone them that were illustrious in both. Therefore, Thou hast deemed them worthy of the greatest gifts, since they are thy faithful servants, O Thou Who along dost Glorify Thy Saints.
Hymn: With what crowns of praise shall we crown those teachers, separated in body, united in spirit; leaders of the God-mantled ones, servants of the Trinity and equal to it in number; stars illuminating the universe, and pillars of the Church, who being victorious, have been crowned with crowns of glory by Christ our King and God who possesseth the Great Mercy?
Hymn: With what lofty hymns shall we praise those High Priests, equal to the Apostles in grace, ranking with them in honor and gifts, abolishers of infidelity, saviours and guides by word and deed, shepherds resembling Christ in faith, Earthly Angels, celestial humans, who were honoured by Christ, the Lord of Glory and Possessor of the Great Mercy?
Hymn: With what crowns of praise shall we crown the golden-worded John, with Basil and Gregory, those Spirit-revering vessels and steadfast contenders for the faith, pillars of the Church, confirmation of believers, and comforters to all sinners, springs overflowing with water, from which as we drink, our Souls are refreshed, seeking forgiveness of iniquities and the Great Mercy?