I don’t often visit anyone at the hospital but Pat had undergone surgery, and I wanted to spend time with her and Carlos so they’d know that Steven and I had them in our thoughts and prayers.
Fortunately, I made it to eleven-thirty Mass in the chapel so I took some photos afterwards.
On my way out I again noticed St. Basil’s picture opposite the table with the book of petitions at which I stopped to write. I scanned the text above St. Basil’s frame, made a mental note to learn more later on, and quickly forgot by the time I reached Pat’s room.
Updating the church blog on New Year’s Eve almost two months since my visit to the chapel, I came across St. Basil’s name again. Although I’d previously seen his name in the Word among us around this time of year, I didn’t know anything about him.
I searched the internet and learned that Monday, January 2, is the feast day of not only St. Basil, but also St. Gregory Nazianzen, both of whom were bishops and Church doctors. Additionally, together with St. John Chrysostom, they were revered as the “three holy hierarchs.”
St. Basil was indeed one of the greatest pillars of the Church. He loved children and always assisted the sick and the homeless. He was the first bishop to establish orphanages and hospitals and old age homes. He first directed the attention of the Church to these unfortunate victims of society (Poulos, 1974, p. 39).
Almighty God, lord of angels and all creation who dwells on high yet cares for the lowly, who searches the heart and knows every hidden thing, eternal and unchanging light, we trust in your great mercy to hear the prayers offered from our unclean lips.
Forgive the sins we have committed in knowledge or in ignorance, in thought, word, or deed; and cleanse us, body and soul, from every stain. Allow us to pass through the darkness of this present life watchful and alert, always expecting the coming bright day of your only begotten son, our Lord God and savior, Jesus Christ. He shall come in glory to judge all people and reward us according to our deeds.
Help us to put away laziness, be full of courage, and be found doing his work ready to enter his glorious kingdom with joy. You are the true light of every creature, and to you all creation sings. Amen.
As I rise from sleep I thank you, holy Trinity, for through your great goodness and patience you have not been angry with me, an idler and sinner. Nor have you destroyed me with my inequities, but have [instead] shown your usual love for mankind. When I despaired you raised me up to keep the morning watch and glorify your power. Enlighten my mind’s eye and open my mouth that I may meditate on your words and understand your commandments. Do your will, and [I will] sing praises to your all-holy name: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
O come let us worship God, our king. O come let us worship and fall down before Christ, our king and God. O come let us worship and fall down before Christ himself, our king and God.
Dear St. Basil, you lived among saints: your parents and your best friend, Gregory Nazianzen. You were an inspirer of true monastic life and a reformer of priests and laity. Help all who work for moral reform in our turbulent age. Give them a true knowledge of Jesus so that they will draw all people to him. Amen.
I bless you, Lord. Though I am powerless, you strengthen my weakness. You stretch from above your helping hand and bring me back unto yourself. What shall I render to you, good master, for all the good things you have done and continue to do for me, the sinner? I will cease not to bless you all the days of my life, my creator, my benefactor, and my guardian. Amen.
January 2, 2011
The coloration of the stained-glass windows was stunning during my first visit to the chapel, July 27, 2010, no doubt attributable to the sun’s position mid-afternoon.
January 2, 2013
“Intimacy with the Lord is not a matter of physical kinship; rather, it is achieved by cheerful readiness to do the will of God” (St. Basil).
October 2, 2013
“Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life” (St. Basil).
January 2, 2014
“The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings perfection to those who are making progress” (St. Basil).
June 16, 2014
What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul (St. Basil).
January 2, 2015
“Words are truly the image of the soul” (St. Basil).
July 24, 2015
“Prudence must precede every action which we undertake; for, if prudence is wanting, there is nothing, however good it may seem, which is not turned into evil” (St. Basil).
January 2, 2016
“O sinner, be not discouraged but have recourse to Mary in all your necessities” (St. Basil).
April 1, 2016
“Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger” (St. Basil).
August 26, 2016
“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love” (St. Basil).
January 2, 2017
The sun penetrates crystal and makes it more dazzling. In the same way, the sanctifying Spirit indwells in souls and makes them more radiant. They become like so many powerhouses beaming grace and love around them (St. Basil).
Links of interest… How to plumb the depths of scripture… Prayers: anaphora / after communion / liturgy… St. Basil: about (more) / analogy (forty martyrs) / blessing of the bread (Vasilopita) / cathedral / distinctions / doctor (more) / feast / founder / innovative / life / memorial (more) / patron saint / some writings / “three holy hierarchs” / works… the Word among us…
WP posts… Building community… Concrete abstraction… Dear God… Easter surprises… Golden… Heart’s desire… Noon visit… One prayer… Picturing God… Prayerful messages… Sacred Heart Church… Si quaeris miracula… St. Chrysostom
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