Basil was born during the reign of Emperor Constantine. While still unbaptized, Basil spent fifteen years in Athens where he studied philosophy, rhetoric, astronomy and all other secular sciences of that time. His colleagues at that time were Gregory the Theologian and Julian, later the apostate emperor. In his mature years he was baptized in the river Jordan along with Euvlios his former teacher. He was Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia for almost ten years and completed his earthly life fifty years after his birth. He was a great defender of Orthodoxy, a great light of moral purity, a religious zealot, a great theological mind, a great builder and pillar of the Church of God. Basil fully deserved the title "Great." In liturgical services, he is referred to as the "bee of the Church of Christ which brings honey to the faithful and with its stinger pricks the heretics.
On the eighth day after His Nativity, our Lord Jesus Christ was circumcised in accordance with the Old Testament Law. All male infants underwent circumcision as a sign of God’s Covenant with the holy Forefather Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 17:10-14, Lev. 12:3).
After this ritual the Divine Infant was given the name Jesus, as the Archangel Gabriel declared on the day of the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos (Luke 1:31-33, 2:21). The Fathers of the Church explain that the Lord, the Creator of the Law, underwent circumcision in order to give people an example of how faithfully the divine ordinances ought to be fulfilled. The Lord was circumcised so that later no one would doubt that He had truly assumed human flesh, and that His Incarnation was not merely an illusion, as certain heretics (Docetists) taught.
Marking January 9th - The Statehood day of the Republic of Srpska and its Patron Saint-Day, Holy Hieromartyr and Archdeacon Stephen, began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, in the church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka.
The Patriarch was welcomed by many citizens in front of the church. The Holy Liturgy was attended by President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska Mr. Nedeljko Cubrilovic, Prime Minister Mrs. Zeljka Cvijanovic, Ministers in the Government of Republic of Srpska, members of Parliament, Serbian representatives in common institucions of BiH, as well as representatives of the Armed Forces of BiH.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch irinej served yesterday, on the feast day of the Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God on Zvezdara, in Belgrade.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Christmas Divine Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral church.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated this morning, on the joyous feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade. The service was attended by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine, First Vice President of the Government Mr. Ivica Dacic, Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Selakovic, representatives of the Republic and city authorities, Apostolic Nuncio Mons. Orlando Antonini, Ambassador of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Chushev, Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar, representatives of the Islamic community of Serbia, people from cultural and public life of the capital, as well as lots of faithful people.
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