Sunday, January 2, 2011

On The Ninth Day Of Christmas . . . Feasts of St. Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

Today is the ninth day of the twelve days of Christmas . . .

Today is celebrated the Feasts of two Saints, Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen. Both lived in 4th century in what is today Turkey. Both are "Doctors of the Church," people who made seminal philosophical and academic contributions to the Church.

Basil was a 4th century bishop in Caesarea. He argued strenuously and successfully in support of the Nicene Creed at a time when its acceptance was under attack. His work with the poor and underprivileged became legend. Perhaps his most lasting influence was on monasticism. Having stayed in several monasteries, he rejected their severe austerity and developed his own doctrine for monastic life. "Not only is Basil recognised as the father of Eastern monasticism; historians recognize that his legacy extends also to the Western church, largely due to his influence on Saint Benedict."

Gregory Nazianzen was a 4th century Archbishop of Constantinople:

He is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. As a classically trained speaker and philosopher he infused Hellenism into the early church, establishing the paradigm of Byzantine theologians and church officials.

Gregory made a significant impact on the shape of Trinitarian theology among both Greek- and Latin-speaking theologians, and he is remembered as the "Trinitarian Theologian". Much of his theological work continues to influence modern theologians, especially in regard to the relationship among the three Persons of the Trinity. Along with the two brothers, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, he is known as one of the Cappadocian Fathers.

Happy Ninth Day of Christmas

The 12 Days Of Christmas

The first eight days of Christmastide are known as the Octave

The 1st Day - Celebrating The Birth Of Christ
The 2nd Day - Feast of St. Stephen, The First Martyr of the Church
The 3rd Day - Feast of St. John the Evangelist & The Blessing Of The Wine
The 4th Day - Feast of the Holy Innocents
The 5th Day - Feast of St. Thomas a' Becket
The 6th Day - Feast of the Holy Family*
The 7th Day - Feast of St. Sylvester
The 8th Day – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Feast of the Circumsision - no longer celebrated) (& The Feast Of Fools - no longer celebrated)
The 9th Day – Feasts of Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
The 10th Day - Feast of the Holy Name
The 11th Day – Feria
The 12th Day - 12th Night

13 January – Baptism of Jesus

14 January - Feast Of The Asses - no longer celebrated

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