January 2 – Saint Basil the Great: Patron Saint of Russia

St. Basil the Great, Patron Saint of Russia (Feast Date: January 2)

Extract from Saint Basil the Great: “Bishop of Caesarea, and one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church. Born probably 329; died 1 January, 379. He ranks after Athanasius as a defender of the Oriental Church against the heresies of the fourth century. With his friend Gregory of Nazianzus and his brother Gregory of Nyssa, he makes up the trio known as “The Three Cappadocians”, far outclassing the other two in practical genius and actual achievement. . . . “Then I read the Gospel, and saw there that a great means of reaching perfection was the selling of one’s goods, the sharing of them with the poor, the giving up of all care for this life, and the refusal to allow the soul to be turned by any sympathy towards things of earth” (Ep. ccxxiii). . . . . Basil became known as the father of Oriental monasticism, the forerunner of St. Benedict.” See picture of Saint Basil, Prayer of Saint Basil the Great, and A Prayer of St. Basil the Great After Communion.


We at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Basil of behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Bombings in European Russia (May, 2010) (Europe). See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 7 – June 20, 2010.

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