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.
To read the complete story, click here.
Please note the following services and activities in honor of St. Basil:
Wednesday, 1/1/2014 FEAST OF ST. BASIL
Church Services and cutting of the Vasilopita
Sunday, January 12, Vasilopita Auction
Parish-wide Vasilopita auction to benefit St. Basil’s Academy
Click here for details and recipe.