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IS THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL
The Life of St. Basil the Great for Young People
(compiled by Presbytera Candace Schefe)
St Basil was born in Cappadocia, which is in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), in 329 AD. His whole family was devout and God-loving. His grandfather was martyred for not denying his faith in Jesus Christ; he was torn apart by hungry lions. His grandmother Macrina told Basil and his brothers and sisters this story of courage and faith in order to strengthen their own Christian faith.
St. Basil’s parents were named Basil and Emmelia and they, along with a number of their children, became Saints. St. Macrina was the oldest child; and three of her brothers became bishops. St. Basil became Bishop of Caesarea, St. Gregory became Bishop of Nyssa and St. Peter became Bishop of Sebaste. Basil’s family had a good position in society; they had plenty of property and were wealthy. Click here to read the rest of the article.
Please see related announcement about services for the feast of St. Basil and the cutting of the Vasilopita.