Many Years Master! January 1 is Bishop BASIL's Namesday
To St. Basil the Great of Caesarea, by St. John Damascene:
Magnify, O my soul, Basil, the Great amongst Bishops.
O Father Basil, thou didst follow in the life-bearing steps, the steps of Christ, faithful Head of shepherds for thou didst go forth and offer thyself to the usurper, valiantly endangering thyself for the Church, O most-beatified.
Magnify, O my soul, Basil the Great of Caesarea.
Verily, the usurper, having seen the all-sanctified assembly, the assembly of the Church of Christ, adorned by the presidency of thy Priesthood, O wise one, was confounded and fell down, utterly perishing, not being able to bear the radiance of the spirit that was in thee, O Basil.