Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cæsarea. Basil was born during the reign of Emperor Constantine. While still unbaptized, Basil spent fifteen years in Athens where he studied philosophy, rhetoric, astronomy and all other secular sciences of that time. In his mature years he was baptized in the river Jordan along with Evlios his former teacher. He was Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia for almost ten years and completed his earthly life fifty years after his birth. He was a great defender of Orthodoxy, a great light of moral purity and spiritual zeal, a great theological mind, a great builder and pillar of the Church of God. Basil fully deserved the title “Great.” Numerous works of this Father of the Church are preserved: they include theological, apologetical, ascetical and canonical writings as well as the Holy and Divine Liturgy named after him. St. Basil died peacefully on January 1, 379 A.D., and was translated into the Kingdom of Christ.