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Saint Days: Gregory of Nyssa, Bishop and Teacher of the Faith

Gregory of Nyssa lived from 335-395. He was the brother of Macrina (who we remembered yesterday) and St. Basil. he was home educated by his mother and older sister and later went on to study classical literature and philosophy. He originally pursued working as a rhetorician but was eventually dragged into the ministry. He most likely married Theosebia, a deaconess, who is venerated by the Orthodox Church (though some think she may have been his sibling and not his wife).

He was consecrated as bishop in 372. Unfortunately, he was falsely accused of embezzlement and deposed in 376. However, he was able to regain his episcopacy two years later thanks to a new emperor.

He was an important figure at the First Council of Constantinople (the second out of the seven ecumenical councils).

He reminds us of the importance of studying the Scriptures:

"Just as at sea those who are carried away from the direction of the harbor bring themselves back on course by a clear sign, on seeing a tall beacon light or some mountain peak coming into view, so Scripture may guide those adrift on the sea of the life back into the harbor of the divine will."

Let us remember Gregory of Nyssa in our prayers today:

Almighty God, you gave to your servant St. Gregory of Nyssa special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.