And honor with hymns the three great torch-bearers of the triune Godhead:
Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.
These men have enlightened the world with the rays of their divine doctrines.
They are sweetly-flowing rivers of wisdom filling all creation
with springs of heavenly knowledge.
Ceaselessly they intercede for us before the Holy Trinity!
The above photo is of my cross-stitch of the Holy Three Hierarchs. St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom are visible, St. Gregory the Theologian is under the fold on the right. I’ve been working on this for just under two years. I pick it up here and there. I used to do it often on Sunday afternoons when our priest in Thessaloniki would give a 2 hour “mathima” (class) on various interesting theological topics. I once got scolded by a lady there for cross-stitching this because it was Sunday but it was difficult for me to concentrate on a 2 hour Greek lecture (without falling asleep) if I didn’t keep my hands busy. So, although I felt bad for scandalizing her I didn’t stop bringing it to “class” with me, I just wouldn’t do it if she were there that day ;)
The reason why I have been cross-stitching an “icon” of the Three Hierarchs (other than because I like all sorts of crafts) is because years ago my husband wanted me to paint on icon of them for our home chapel – I felt three full length saints was a little above my skill level at the time and we so comprised on St. Nektarios (not that I can really saying having such a great patron for our home chapel is a “compromise,” but still). In exchange for a hand-pained icon of the Hierarchs I will frame my cross-stitch for Fr. John, some day. (I probably have a few years left to go).
We had planned on having a vigil for the Three Hierarchs last night at the Mission but we had to cancel because the university campus closed on account of the snow storm we had. Fr. John was very saddened, especially since we haven’t had snow since Dec 25 so it seemed harsh to have a snow storm on the night we planned on a vigil, but God controls the elements so… that’s that. Perhaps next year…
May the Holy Three Hierarchs (the patrons of education) pray for us all who study and seek to become “rich in wisdom”!