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Sayings and Examples of St Arsenios the Cappadocian

“When someone has an illness, only then does he have the ability to truly empathise with the pain of another. And when you look briefly at your brother’s pain, then you will be greatly alleviated of your own pain. God bestows afflictions/illnesses so as to either purify us or to strengthen us. Illnesses are not permanent but pass and can ... Read More »

The Three Hierarchs and Education

In the 11th century, at the time of Emperor Alexios Komninos, the common feast of the three great Fathers of the Church, Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, Saint Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople and Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia was established to honour their supreme contribution to education, their unshakeable and zealous faith in God ... Read More »

The Feast of the Three Hierarchs

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Each of these saints have their own feast day. St. Basil the Great, January 1; St. Gregory the Theologian, January 25; and St. John Chrysostom, January 27. This combined feast day, January 30, was instituted in the eleventh century during the reign of Emperor Alexius Comnenus. At one time a debate arose among the people concerning ... Read More »

The Three Hierarchs (January 30)

On 30 January, the Church celebrates the memory of the three great hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. This is not a commemoration in the strict sense of the word, i.e. the anniversary of the death of these Fathers, but a common feast, a “synaxis”, to use liturgical terminology. Basil the Great died on 1 January ... Read More »

The Feast of the Three Hierarchs: Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom

Commemorated on January 30th “During the reign of the Emperor Alexius Comnenus (1081-1118), a controversy arose in Constantinople among men learned in the Faith and zealous for virtue about the three holy Hierarchs and Fathers of the Church, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Some argued for Saint Basil above the other two because he was able, ... Read More »

Saint Gregory Palamas on the Presentation of the Lord

After the Saviour was born of the Virgin and circumcised on the eighth day according to the law, then, as Luke the evangelist says, “when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord” (Luke ... Read More »