Icon of Three Holy Hierarchs, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chysostom
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
Kontakion in tone 2
O Lord, You have taken up the holy preachers of divine truths
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