About St. Basil (329A.D-379A.D.)
St. Basil the Great was born in Caesarea of Cappadocia
in 329A.D. Many members of his immediate family were
also canonized saints:
St. Macrina the Elder - his grandmother
St. Basil the Elder - his father
St. Emmelia - his mother
St. Gregory of Nyssa - his brother
St. Peter of Sebaste - his brother
St. Macrina the Younger - his sister
St. Basil Educated
St. Basil began his studies in Constantinople. He then
continued his education in Athens which was noted as
the university city of the Greeks. He became one of
the great Cappadocian doctors of the church, along with
his friend, St. Gregory Nazianzen and his brother, Gregory
St. Basil Founded a Monastery
St. Basil eventually retired from his public life of
teaching and traveled to many monasteries in Palestine,
Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Syria where he studied monastic
rites and life. St. Basil founded a monastery of his
own and the basis of his monastery is still used by
Eastern Orthodox monks.
Festival of St. Basil
The Greek Festival of Saint Basil is celebrated every
year in Greek Orthodox Churches. The life of St. Basil
warrants celebration for this great saint fought against
heresies, built hospitals of the needy, preached the
words of Jesus,
developed theological laws, and interpreted the divinity
of the Holy
Spirit. St. Basil lived and strived for peace, charity,
and a unified church.
Many Christians celebrate the life of St. Basil by wearing
a St. Basil medal or a St. Basil pendant in his honor.
During the Festival of Saint Basil, Christians buy the
St. Basil medallion and the St. Basil necklace for themselves
or as gifts for their loved ones. The life of St. Basil
and his teachings live on in the Christian world today.
Saint Basil the Great Quote
Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector
and shepherd, leading him to life.
Prayer to St. Basil the Great
Jan 1- St. Basil Day
O great and most glorious hierarch of Christ, divinely
wise teacher of the Church in all the world, firm confessor
and champion of Orthodoxy, all-blessed Father Basil!
Look down from the heights of Heaven upon us who humbly
fall down before thee, and entreat the Lord Almighty,
Whose faithful minister on earth thou wast,
to grant us a firm and unchanging custody of the right
Faith, obedience to the Holy Church,
a correction of our way of life, and swift help patience
and strength in all our needs, sorrows and temptations.
Bestow thy holy blessing upon us, so that, protected
by it, in this new year, we might live every day in
a manner pleasing unto God,
in peace and penitence, and be vouchsafed together with
thee and all the Saints, in the kingdom of Heaven to
hymn and glorify the Life-creating Trinity:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for ages
of ages. Amen.
From the Akathist printed at the Synodal printery in