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Совершается всенощное бдениеSynaxis of the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom. Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомHieromartyr Hippolytus, priest, of Rome, and with him Martyrs Censorinus, Sabinus, Ares, the virgin Chryse, Felix, Maximus, Herculianus, Venerius, Styracius, Mennas, Commodus, Hermes, Maurus, Eusebius, Rusticus, Monagrius, Amandinus, Olympius, Cyprus, Theodore the Tribune, the priest Maximus, the deacon Archelaus, and the bishop Cyriacus, at Ostia (3rd c.). St. Pelagia of Diveyevo, fool-for-Christ (1884).

St. Zeno, hermit, of Antioch, disciple of St. Basil the Great (5th c.). Martyr Theophilus the New, on Cyprus (784). St. Peter, king of Bulgaria (967). St. Zeno the Faster, of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). St. Theophil, fool-for-Christ, of Svyatogorsk Monastery (1868).

“Tinos” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

St. Adelgonda, foundress of Maubeuge (Neth.) (680). St. Bathilde, queen of France (680). New Martyr Hadji Theodore of Mytilene (Mt. Athos) (1784). New Martyr Demetrius of Sliven (1841).


Sermon on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs

Leonidas Ioannou

The Feast of the Three Holy Fathers, Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom is an annual commemoration of our Holy Orthodox Church on which we honour the unwavering faith and spiritual brilliance of three Saints who offered the entirety of their lives and abilities in the service of God and humankind.

Three Guiding Lights of True Faith

Fr. Stephen Rogers

As the month of January draws to a close, the Church calls us on the 30th to celebrate the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. In celebrating these three great teachers of the Church, the Church in its hymnody refers to them as “harps of the Spirit,” “rays of light,” “scented flowers of Paradise,” “instruments of grace.”

Sermon on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev)

There is much in common among the three hierarchs and great ecumenical teachers whom we commemorate today: Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. All three lived in a time when the Christian Church, after almost three centuries of persecution, received freedom and was flourishing throughout the Byzantine ‘oikoumene’. All the three were involved in contesting contemporary heresies. All the three combined serving the Church in episcopal rank with literary activity, and it is precisely their literary legacy which secured for them the paramount place that they occupy in Christian Tradition. All the three were victims of ecclesiastical intrigues. Their posthumous glory, however, exceeded any expectations their contemporaries might have had, and their significance for the entire Christian Church in East and West cannot be overestimated.

Torch-bearers of the Triune Godhead

Jesse Dominick

From these fathers we learn that the content of theology, the entirety of the Christian spiritual life, is the Mystery of the Cross, which shapes the ethos of repentance—our prayerful striving to become like Christ in all things—in the Orthodox Church.

The Three Hierarchs

Ioannis Foundoulis

With one voice they told him: “We three are one, as you see, close to God and nothing can separate us or make us contend… There is no first or second among us… Arise, therefore, and tell those who are quarrelling not to divined into parties over us. Because in life and death we had no desire other than to bring peace and unity to everyone”.

The Three Holy Hierarchs

The Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Why Are These Three People So Important to the Church?

Priest Andrei Chizhenko

We can conclude that they sought only one thing: God. Nothing else mattered to them.

Hieromartyr Hippolytus the Pope of Rome

The Hieromartyr Hippolytus, and the Martyrs Censorinus, Sabinus, Chryse the Virgin and 20 Others suffered during the third century.

Martyr Censorinus of Rome

Saint Censorinus suffered martyrdom in Rome with Saint Hippolytus during the third century.

Martyr Sabinus of Rome

Saint Sabinus had heavy rocks tied around his neck, and then they hung his body on a tree and burned his sides with torches.

Virginmartyr Chryse of Rome

The virgin Chryse was arrested and brought for interrogation. She bravely confessed herself a Christian and was subjected to torture. After horrible torments, she was drowned in the sea.

Venerable Zeno the Hermit of Antioch the Disciple of St Basil the Great

Saint Zeno, the disciple of Saint Basil the Great, was born in the city of Pontus into a rich family. He served at the court of the emperor Valens (364-378), among the soldiers who were sent out to deliver the imperial edicts.

Martyr Theophilus the New in Cyprus

The Holy Martyr Theophilus the New was born and raised in Constantinople. He was a commander of the Greek armies and a senator.

Blessed Peter the King of Bulgaria

Saint Peter, King of Bulgaria, was the son of the militant Bulgarian prince Simeon.

Venerable Zeno the Faster, of the Kiev Caves

Saint Zeno the Faster and Lover of Labor of the Far Caves of Kiev lived in the fourteenth century.

New Martyr Theodore

He renounced Christ and accepted the Moslem religion, but soon repented of his sin, left his family and went to Mt. Athos.