The Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea, lived at the beginning of the fourth century in the Pontine city of Amasea. He encouraged and comforted the Christians suffering persecution by the pagans. During this time the Eastern part of the Roman Empire was ruled by Licinius (311-324), the brother-in-law of the holy emperor Constantine the Great (May 21). Licinius deceitfully signed Saint Constantine’s Edict of Milan (313), which granted religious toleration to Christians, but he hated them and continued to persecute them.
Troparion — Tone 4
As a minister of the King of glory, you withstood the lawless king, / blessed and glorious Hieromartyr Basil. / When you were beheaded, / you entered the heavenly mansions rejoicing. / Pray that those who celebrate your memory may be found worthy of like reward.
Kontakion — Tone 4
Special Melody: "Today You have shown forth..."
By defying the emperor’s decree / you were granted the Kingdom of heaven; / remember us who faithfully celebrate your memory while you rejoice.