Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Saint Basil the Great.
Doctor of The Church.
English: The Fathers of The Church: Saint Basil of Caesarea; Saint John Chrysostom; Saint Gregory of Nazianzen - an icon of the 17th-Century from Lipie, Historic Museum in Sanok, Poland.
Polski: Ojcowie Kościoła: św. Bazyli Wielki, św. Jan Chryzostom, św. Grzegorz z Nazjanzu
– ikona z XVII wieku, pochodząca z Lipia, miejsce ekspozycji - Muzeum Historyczne
w Sanoku, nr inw. MHS/S/3423.
Date: August 2007.
Source: Own work.
Saint Basil was born at Caesarea, in Cappadocia. After having completed his studies at Constantinople and Athens with his intimate friend Saint Gregory of Nazianzen, he renounced the World, left his family (Gospel), and embraced Monastic Life in the Province of Pontus.
Like fully-seasoned salt (Gospel), he gave to his teaching the full flavour of the Gospel and nourished with Holy Truth the people of Caesarea committed to his care (Communion).
He was the author of the famous rule which bears his name; it was praised by Saint Benedict and is still observed by the Monks of The East. The Holy Ghost filled him with His Divine Wisdom and with intelligence (Introit).
When, therefore, he wrote against those who rebelled against the sound Doctrine (Epistle), he attacked the Arians, who denied The Divinity of Jesus Christ, and prepared the triumph of Orthodoxy over the error of the Macedonians by firmly establishing the Catholic Dogma regarding The Holy Ghost.
The Life of Saint Basil the Great.
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He is one of the Four Great Doctors of The East. He died in 379 A.D.
Let us ask Saint Basil to fill us with his Faith in The Divinity of The Third Person of The Holy Trinity, and to deliver us from sin (Offertory) which hinders the working of The Holy Ghost in our Souls.
Mass: In médio.
The following italicised Text is from NEW ADVENT
There are Four Great Doctors of The East: Saint Basil the Great; Saint John Chrysostom; Saint Gregory of Nazianzen; Saint Athanasius.
There are Four Great Doctors of The West: Saint Ambrose; Saint Augustine; Saint Jerome; Saint Gregory the Great.