Basil of Caesarea facts for kids
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|Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church; Great Hierarch|
|Born||329 or 330
|Died||January 1 or 2, 379 (aged 48–50)
|Venerated in||Eastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
|Feast||January 1 and January 30 (Byzantine Christianity)
January 14 (Serbian Christian Orthodox)
|Attributes||Vested as bishop, wearing omophorion, holding a Gospel Book or scroll. St. Basil is depicted in icons as thin and ascetic with a long, tapering black beard.|
|Patronage||Russia, Cappadocia, Hospital administrators, Reformers, Monks, Education, Exorcism, Liturgists|
Basil of Caesarea, also called Saint Basil the Great (329 or 330 – January 1 or 2, 379), was the bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church, fighting against both Arianism and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea. His ability to balance his theological convictions with his political connections made Basil a powerful advocate for the Nicene position.
In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labor. Together with Pachomius, he is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity. He is considered a saint by the traditions of both Eastern and Western Christianity.
Basil, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa are collectively referred to as the Cappadocian Fathers. The Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches have given him, together with Gregory of Nazianzus and John Chrysostom, the title of Great Hierarch. He is recognized as a Doctor of the Church in the Roman Catholic Church. He is sometimes referred to by the epithet Ouranophantor the "revealer of heavenly mysteries".
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