Friday, June 15, 2019


Commemoration of Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nanzianzus, and Macrina

Four teachers of the Church from Cappadocia (Asia Minor, modern Turkey) are remembered together today. St. Macrina, the eldest of ten children of a wealthy and aristocratic Christian family, was born at Caesarea ca. 337. Although she left no writings, by the strength of her character she exercised a deep influence on her family, convincing her brother Basil to become a priest, and throughout her life giving her brothers theological and moral counsel. St. Basil the Great was born in Asia Minor about 329. He gave up a promising administrative career for the ascetic life that his family was leading. He was elected bishop of Caesarea and consecrated June 14, 370, and this became his feast day. He was an eloquent and statesmanlike holy man. He died in 379. St. Gregory Nazianzus, called “the Theologian,” was born in Cappadocia about 330, the son of a bishop. In thanksgiving for his deliverance from shipwreck, he dedicated his life to God and joined Basil in the monastery. He died in 390. St. Gregory of Nyssa, “the Philosopher and Mystic,” Basil’s brother, was born about 335. By his teaching and writing he became an acknowledged pillar of orthodoxy. He died in 394.

In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In the morning: Psalm 28

In the evening: Psalm 105

Read hymn  “Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire”

Read one or more lessons:

Proverbs 3:19-26,  Ephesians 4:1-6

In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus

In the evening: Magnificat

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin. Grant that we who are reborn to new life in him may live in righteousness and holiness all our days, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God, you gave your servants Macrina, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa special gifts of grace to understand the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever

Pray for the renewal of the Church
For Christian witness by all the faithful
For missionaries and their families
For the salvation of the world
For justice and reconciliation between all peoples
For the Eastern Orthodox Churches
For teachers of the Catholic faith
For the relief of the poor
For zeal for the truth
For pastors who long for time for prayer and meditation

Our Father…

The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.

Founded January 15, 1837