Encyclical For The Feast Of The Three Hierarchs And Greek Letters Day (01/30/2017)

Our commemoration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs represents a strong and holy tradition in the Orthodox Church of affirming that these three saints, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and John Chrysostom, are exalted examples of persons who were filled with the knowledge of God and great spiritual wisdom.
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Encyclical For The Feast Of The Three Hierarchs And Greek Letters Day (01/30/2016)

In our annual commemoration of the Feast of our three Holy Fathers, the Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, we affirm the power of their witness and guidance down through the centuries. As during the days of their pastoral ministry, their faith in God, their wisdom, and their holiness continue to lead us to Christ and deepen our understanding and experience of our relationship with Him.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day (01/30/2015)

On this blessed Feast of the Three Hierarchs, we give thanks to God for the beautiful and faithful witness of Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. Venerated on this day as great Teachers and Theologians, we also recognize them as representative of many great Saints of the Church who have conveyed truth, communicated divine wisdom, and offered an inspiring witness of the Gospel of love. For the depth of their teaching and their ardent defense of the faith, our hymns call all people to a universal celebration on this day.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day (01/30/2014)

The teaching and witness of the Three Hierarchs presents to us an authentic synergy between person and community. Each of us is called individually through the Gospel to meet the Risen Christ, to believe in Him and receive the forgiveness and grace of God. We are offered the opportunity to be renewed through communion with Him, to live daily according to His will, to strive toward our created potential as human beings, and to receive the gift of eternal life. We are also called to live, worship, and serve in community. We gather together to worship the One who gives us life and purpose. Through our worship, the Holy Sacraments, and through the preaching and teaching ministries of the Church we receive strength and guidance in the life of faith. As the family of God, brothers and sisters in Christ, we join together in service to one another and to any in need.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day (01/30/2013)

This feast of the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, offers us a special opportunity each year to examine closely the lives and teachings of these holy men and to recognize how they spoke in unison concerning truth, holiness and love based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their accord in matters of faith, theology, and the mission of the Church was unquestionably influenced by their upbringing, education, and the relationships they shared with each other. Of particular importance are their teachings and their actions related to offering care and love to those in need, something absolutely relevant to our contemporary situations.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day (01/30/2012)

The Feast of the Three Hierarchs, Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom, on January 30th, is celebrated in conjunction with the Greek Letters Day as the Church recognizes in them the superb combination of Hellenic language and culture with Orthodox Faith and life.
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Encyclical on the feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day (01/30/2011)

On this commemoration of the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, it is fitting as Orthodox Christians that we gather in our churches in thanksgiving to God for the blessings we receive through the witness and guidance of these Saints. It is also fitting that we join with this commemoration our annual observance of Greek Letters Day.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Three Hierarchs and the Celebration of Greek Letters (01/30/2010)

In this first month of the new year we are blessed to have in the calendar of our Holy Orthodox Church the commemoration of the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom. On this day of their feast, we honor the lives and witness of these holy and brilliant men, who brought glory to God through their amazing service to the people in the name of Christ. Their lives offer to us a genuine image of the power of the Gospel, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, as they each believed in Him to the depths of their hearts, souls, and minds and as they were transformed by His presence into godly men imbued with divine power and wisdom.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day (01/30/2009)

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 honor 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. As selfless archbishops and pastors they led the faithful in worship and ministry. As loving teachers they offered guidance in the path of holiness. As divinely-inspired theologians they used their intellectual skills to confront error and defend truth. As holy men they lived in a manner that exemplified to all the grace and blessings of communion with God.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (01/30/2008)

In our commemoration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs we are called by our Holy Orthodox Church to contemplate the lives of three great Saints and Teachers who served God faithfully and offered the totality of their lives in His service. Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian, and Saint John Chrysostom were blessed with tremendous intellectual and spiritual gifts. They carried the mantle of episcopal service with holiness, love, and sacrifice; and they were shining examples of people who took very seriously the concepts in the above referenced passage of the second Epistle of Saint Peter, in that throughout their lives they sought to add virtue to their faith, and to complement this virtue with the knowledge of God.
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Encyclical of America for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (01/30/2007)

Upon our joyful celebration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the commemoration of these great luminaries and champions of our Orthodox Christian faith, we are called to consider what made these men outstanding examples of communion with God, firmness of faith, and holiness of life.
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Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (01/30/2006)

It is in following the beautiful and blessed tradition of our Holy Orthodox Church that we gather once again to commemorate the Three Hierarchs and ecumenical teachers, Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian, and Saint John Chrysostom. Through their legacy of faith, piety, and divine wisdom, these holy Fathers have guided Christians down through the centuries toward the true source of love and salvation, Jesus Christ.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (01/30/2005)

On this day we celebrate once again the feast of the illustrious Three Hierarchs and ecumenical teachers of the Church, Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian, and Saint John Chrysostom. In our hymns and prayers we honor them for having illumined all the world with the divine and true teachings of our faith. Through their great wisdom and Godly knowledge they have enlightened our hearts and minds and guided us toward salvation in Jesus Christ.
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Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (01/30/2004)

It is said of the ancient philosopher Thales of Miletus that an inquirer once asked him, “What in life is difficult? Thales responded immediately: “To know oneself.” (From Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers). This dictum, Gnothi Seauton, “Know thyself” was so common in Greek philosophy that the ancients themselves were in disagreement as to who had first spoken it. This saying is surely best known, however, as the inscription over the portal of the temple of Delphi, admonishing those who sought the oracle’s gift that the most useful knowledge was not of the future, but of oneself. For according to the Hellenic understanding, within the bounds of the self could be found insight into all things: the world around us, natures visible and invisible, and even truths divine.
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Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (01/30/2003)

Characteristic of the Hellenic mind are these words of Aristotle (Metaphysics 1.1): “All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness, they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight.” For from sight and the other senses, says Aristotle, memories are formed; and from memory derives experience, and from experience the ability to form judgments of universal truths, leading to true knowledge.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters (01/30/2002)

Today we commemorate the sacred memory of the Three Holy Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. We celebrate not only their holy words and deeds, but also the great intellectual legacy that these three profound thinkers forged for the Church, the legacy of a humanism that is both genuinely Christian and deeply Hellenistic in its substance and expression.
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Message Commemorating The Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters (01/30/2001)

The ancient Greek historian Diodoros, reflecting on the blessing of life, concludes somewhere that “the good life is the gift of education that comes from literacy.” So great was this scholar’s love of letters that he commends for us the inscription over the door of the library in Thebes, which read, “Medicine for the soul.”
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Encyclical on the Occasion of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters (01/30/2000)

On the occasion of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters, we have an opportunity to reflect on the unparalleled legacy of learning that is ours as Greek Orthodox Christians. Borrowing an expression from Homer's Odyssey, Saint Basil the Great once wrote that it is important as a proof of education to have seen the cities of many men and to have learned their minds (Epistle 74).
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