January 1: Feast Day of Saint Basil the Great, Arcbishop of Cesarea in Cappadocia

Feast day of St. VasiliosThe feast and commemoration of Saint Basil is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy attributed to him, the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil. This is one of ten times during the year when the Liturgy of Saint Basil is celebrated. The Liturgy is conducted on the morning of the feast and preceded by a Matins (Orthros) service. A Great Vespers is conducted on the evening before the day of the Feast. Also on this day, the Church commemorates the Circumcision of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Eight days after his birth, Jesus was circumcised (Luke 2:21) in accordance with the command given by God to Abraham when He promised to make an everlasting covenant with him and all his descendants (Genesis 17:10-12).

Scripture readings for the feast are the following: At Vespers: Genesis 17:1-14; Proverbs 8:22-30; Additional reading from Proverbs and the Wisdom of Solomon. At the Matins: John 10:1-9. At the Divine Liturgy:Colossians 2:8-12; Luke 2:20-21,40-52.

At our parish, we are blessed to have His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston visit on this day to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with us. 

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