Monday, January 2, 2012

The Memorial of St. Basil the Great & St. Gregory Nazianzen - Papal Prayer Intentions - Clergy Luncheon

St. Basil (329-379) was a brilliant student born of a Christian family in Caesarea, Cappadocia (Turkey).

For some years, he followed the monastic way of life.

He vigorously fought the Arian heresy.

He become Archbishop of Caesarea in 370.

Monks of the Eastern Church today still follow the monastic rules which he se down.

St. Gregory (329-389) was also from Cappadocia.

A friend of St. Basil, he too followed the monastic way of life for some years.

In 381 he became Archbishop of Constantinople.

It was during this period the Arian heresy was at it height.

He was called "The Theologian" because of his great learning and talent for oratory.

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O God, who were pleased to give light to your Church by the example and teaching of the Bishops Saints Basil and Gregory, grant, we pray, that in humility we may learn your truth and practise it faithfully in charity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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The Holy Father's January Prayer Intentions
Victims of Natural Disasters. That the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives.

 Dedication to Peace. That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness to the name of Christ before all men and women of good will.

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On Thursday, close to 80 priests and seminarians dropped in for the annual Christmas luncheon held between Christmas and New Year's at my residence and the Notre Dame cathedral parish hall.  Dress is casual and spirits were upbeat. 

Some photos:

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