Three Holy Hierarchs
Our fathers among the saints Basil the Great (January 1), Gregory the Theologian (January 25), and John Chrysostom (November 13) are known as the Three Holy Hierarchs for their leadership of the Church. Their shared feast day is celebrated on January 30.
During the eleventh century, disputes raged in Constantinople about which of the three hierarchs was the greatest. By the will of God, the three hierarchs appeared to St. John Mauropous ('Black-foot'), Bishop of Euchaita (June 14 or October 5), in the year 1084, and said that they were equal before God: "There are no divisions among us, and no opposition to one another." St. John chose January 30 for their Feast, thus peacefully ending the controversy.
Troparion (Tone 1)
- Let us who love their words gather together
- And honor with hymns 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 sweetly-flowing rivers of wisdom filling all creation with springs of heavenly knowledge.
- Ceaselessly they intercede for us before the Holy Trinity!
Kontakion (Tone 2)
- O Lord, You have taken up to eternal rest
- And to the enjoyment of Your blessings the divinely-inspired heralds,
- The greatest of Your teachers,
- For You have accepted their labors and deaths as a sweet-smelling sacrifice,
- For You alone are glorified in Your saints!
- Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom (OCA)
- The Three Hierarchs: Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom from the Prologue of Ohrid
- Feast of the Three Holy Fathers, Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom (GOARCH)
- Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom (GOARCH)
- Our Fathers Among the Saints, the Ecumenical Teachers Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (Fifth Archdiocesan District of Western Australia)
- Three Holy Hierarchs Icon and history
- The Three Great Hierarchs: Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom