10 January 2008

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Today the Church commemorates Saint Gregory of Nyssa. Gregory was the younger brother of Saint Basil of Caesarea and a good friend of Saint Gregory Nazianzus. Despite reservations, he consented to become bishop of Nyssa in 372. (Nyssa is in modern day Turkey, in a region then called Cappadocia.) He was present at a local council in Antioch and at the First Council of Constantinople. At both councils, he defended the faith against the Arian heresy. Gregory made two major contributions to theology. The first is his doctrine of the Trinity, the second is his spiritual theology, which posited God as infinite and salvation as potentially universal. After a long and faithful life, he died sometime after the year 394.

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in a Trinity of persons. Give us grace that, like Saint Gregory of Nyssa, we may continue steadfast in the confession of the true faith, and constant in our worship of you. To you, o God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be glory and honor, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


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