Saint Bassian of Constantinople was born in eastern Syria and became an ascetic in Constantinople, where the pious emperor Marcian (450-457) ruled. The venerable Bassian was the igumen at a monastery where there were three hundred monks. Among them also was Saint Matrona (November 9), who dressed in men’s attire. Saint Bassian lived in his monastery to an old age, famed for his virtuous life and numerous miracles, and peacefully fell asleep in the Lord.
Troparion — Tone 8
By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, / and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance. / By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe! / O our holy father Bassian, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!