Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saints Basil, Gregory & John

Saints Basil, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom (the 'Golden-mouth') are celebrated today in the Byzantine rite. All three wrote Divine Liturgies which are in use in the Church today after 1700 years.
Your proclamation has gone out into all the earth
Which was divinely taught by hearing your voice
Expounding the nature of creatures,
Ennobling the manners of men.
O holy father of a royal priesthood,
Entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved.

You were revealed as the sure foundation of the Church,
granting all mankind a lordship which cannot be taken away,
sealing it with your precepts,
venerable Basil, revealer of heaven.

The shepherd's pipe of thy theology conquered the philosophers' trumpets; for since thou didst search out the depths of the Spirit, beauty of speech was added to thee. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved, O Father Gregory.

Grace like a flame shining forth from thy mouth has illumined the universe, and disclosed to the world treasures of poverty and shown us the height of humility. And as by thine own words thou teachest us, Father John Chrysostom, so intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.


  1. I love those words. We have lost a alot throughout the years. The new Roman Liturgy is close to bringing back the beautiful...thanks for this.

  2. So majestic and beautiful. Thanks!

  3. absolutely beautiful

    ps: love the three-column look. it makes everything cleaner looking.

  4. Jen- Thanks for the comment- it is driving me crazy that I can't center the top photos...

  5. Dear priest's wife:

    I came this way because DarwinCatholic had made a link to Simcha's post on why not married priests (at least for Roman Catholics), and read your thoughtful comments on that posting. I was so impressed that I came over to look at your website.

    I am even more impressed now. We sang some of those troparia at my little Russian Catholic Church this Sunday. I am looking forward to reading more of your website as a result.


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