St. Gregory of Nyssa, Early Nicean Father

  In the roll of the Nicene Fathers there is no more honoured name than that of Gregory of Nyssa. Besides the praises of his great brother Basil and of his equally great friend Gregory Nazianzen, the sanctity of his life, his theological learning, and his strenuous advocacy of the faith embodied in the Nicene clauses, have received the praises of Jerome, Socrates, Theodoret, and many other Christian writers. Indeed such was the estimation in which he was held that some did not hesitate to call him `the Father of Fathers’ as well as `the Star of Nyssa’. Gregory of Nyssa was equally fortunate in his country, the name he bore, and the family which produced him. He was a native of Cappadocia, and was born most probably at Caesarea, the capital, about a.d. 335 or 336. No province of the Roman Empire had in those early ages received more eminent Christian bishops than Cappadocia and the adjoining district of Pontus.

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(The following is a translation from J.P. Migne’s Patrologia Graeca, volume 44, columns 61-124 (Paris, 1858). Scriptural references follow those of Migne’s text). 


by Gregory of Nyssa at: Hexaemeron


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The relics of St. Gregory of Nyssa, 4 th century

Jaw bone of St. Gregory of Nyssa, 4th century at VISOKI DECANI


MENAION (Jan 10/23) St Theophan the Recluse



Saint’ Life at:

Quotes by St. Theophan the Recluse

<<Examine yourself to see whether you have within you a strong sense of your own self importance, or negatively, whether you have failed to realize that you are nothing.  This feeling of self-importance is deeply hidden, but it controls the whole of our life.  Its first demand is that everything should be as we wish it, and as soon as this is not so we complain to God and are annoyed with people. >>

<<“In general, Loquacity (rambling talk) opens the doors of the soul, and the devout warmth of the heart at once escapes.  Empty talk does the same, but even more so… Empty talk is the door to criticism and slander, the spreader of false rumors and opinions, the sower of discord and strife.  It stifles the taste for mental work and almost always serves as a cover for absence of sound knowledge…>> 

The Path of Prayer by Saint Theophan the Recluse

O Theophan, thou man of God and faithful servant of Christ,

Lover of stillness, who didst converse alone with the one God:

Be thou mindful of us who honor thy holy memory,

And bear thy fervent supplications to the Lord,

That he may save our souls.

(From the Canon of St. Theophan the Recluse, from the Praises.)

Ark with a relic of St. Theophan the Recluse