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Icon of Three Holy Hierarchs, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chysostom

An icon of Icon of Three Holy Hierarchs, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chysostom .

The Icon

Three Holy Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom

This icon shows three great Fathers of the Church: St. Basil is on the left, St. John is in the center and St. Gregory is on the right. They are dressed in Bishop’s vestments. Over their phelonion and around their shoulders is the omophorion, the sign of high office, symbolizing their role as Bishops seeking the lost sheep as did Christ. As teachers of the Church, they hold the Gospel in their left hand while giving a blessing with their right hand.

The figures of the Saints appear motionless but they represent a deep inner life. Their foreheads are shown enlarged, symbolic of great wisdom while their expressive mouths indicate that they were great speakers, theologians and men of ascetical vision.

Feast day - January 30th.

Troparion in tone 1

Let us who love their words come together with hymns
And honor the three great torch-bearers of the Triune Godhead:
Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.
These men have enlightened the world with the rays of their divine doctrines.
They are flowing rivers of wisdom
And have filled all creation with springs of heavenly knowledge.
They ceaselessly intercede for us
Before the Holy Trinity.

Kontakion in tone 2

O Lord, You have taken up the holy preachers of divine truths
To their eternal rest and to the enjoyment of Your good things.
For You have accepted their struggles and deaths,
O You, who alone are glorified in Your saints!

To learn more of their individual lives and gifts, see the icons of each: St. Gregory the Theologian, St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea and Cappadocia, and St. John Chrysostom.

For information concerning the life of St. Gregory the Theologian please click here

For information concerning the life of St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea and Cappadocia please click here

For information concerning the life of St. John Chrysostom please click here