Martyr Basil of Ancyra

Commemorated on January 1

Saint Basil lived in the time of Julian the Apostate (331-363), and confessed his faith in Christ before the governor Saturninus. He was tortured in Ancyra, then sent to Constantinople, where he was suspended from a tree, stretched on a rack, beaten, then stabbed with red-hot needles. He was also thrown into a fiery furnace, but was not harmed. He was sent to Caesarea and was torn to pieces by lions in the arena.

This saint, a layman, should not be confused with the other St Basil of Ancyra, who was a priest (March 22).

Troparion — Tone 4

Your holy martyr Basil, O Lord, / Through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. / For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, / And shattered the powerless boldness of demons. / Through his intercessions, save our souls!.

This article originally appeared on the website of the Orthodox Church of America and is used here with permission.

1/1/2001

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