St. Nikolai on the Three Hierarchs

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January 30, 2013 by Orthodox Whitehorse

It is well-known that St. Nikolai of Zhitsa had a great reverence for the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers – St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St.  John Chrysostom. The Orthodox Church commemorates these magnificent pastors together today, January 30th.

The Three Hierarchs.

The Three Hierarchs.

He even composed a hymn of praise in their honour:

“Fasting and Faith – Basil,
Theology – Gregory,
Acts of Charity – Chrysostom,
Golden mouths, mouths of honey!
All laborers of one work;
Three separately – three angels,
The three together as God is one,
No one is the main one, no one is secondary.
In eternity, they all agree,
You invoke one, all three help,
You hymn one, all three hear,
You glorify one, all three rejoice.
Three men, one whole;
Three hierarchs, one deed;
Three names, one glory;
To all three of them, Christ is the Head.”

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