St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen were fourth century bishops. They were friends who lived in Asia Minor, which is now part of the country of Turkey.
At the time, there was a priest called Arius who claimed that God the Father created the Son, and that the Son was not co-eternal with the Father. This belief was called Arianism.
St. Basil was a skilled orator who was known for supporting the Nicene creed over Arianism. He was also known for his care of the poor and the sick, and also for his fight against prostitution.
St. Gregory Nazianzen is called the “Trinitarian Theologian” due to his firm defense of Father, Son, and Spirit as Trinity.
Patron Saint of …
St. Basil the Great is the patron saint of hospital administrators, reformers, monks, education, and liturgists.
St. Gregory Nazianzen is the patron saint of harvests and poets.
Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church
- First Reading – Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
- Gospel – Matthew 23:8-12: “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Quotes and Social Media Graphics
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.St. Basil the Great
This quote from reminds us that what we do tells people a lot about who we are and what is important to us.