January 2 – Wednesday

Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church



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Saint John Paul II, writing on the need for ecumenism, stated that “The Church must breathe with her two lungs”. He was recognising that the Church has an eastern as well as a western tradition and needs both if it is to be whole and healthy. Saints Basil and Gregory, whom we honour today, represent the eastern tradition and remind us to pray for the unity of all Christians. What do you know about these men and their legacy? Have you ever visited an eastern church Catholic or Orthodox?

In the gospel John the Baptist deflects attention from himself onto Christ. John’s role is to “make straight the way of the Lord” and then to step aside. John represents what all Christians are called to be: witnesses to Christ, heralds of the Good News. Do you see yourself as a witness and a herald?


Prayer: (all together)

Lord Jesus, teach us to be humble like St John the Baptist that inspite of our sinfulness we may see your gift of grace and forgiveness. Help us to become witnesses of your love through the intercession of Saints Basil the great and Gregory Nazianzen. Amen