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“On this day the gracious Spirit himself was sent by the Father and the Son on a new mission, in a new mode, by a new manifestation of his mighty power, for the sanctification of every creature”

Today’s holy solemnity puts new heart into us, for not only do we revere its dignity, we also experience it as delightful. On this feast it is love that we specially honor, and among human beings there is no word … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great: Homily Against the Sabellians et Alios (part 3)

Having spent half of his homily addressing the two defining trinitarian heresies, Sabellianism and Heterousianism, St Basil knows it’s time to change topics.  The tell-tale signs are universal and timeless: people start fidgeting, they walk around and gossip with their … Continue reading

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St Basil the Great: Homily on Faith

Scholars are unable to date St Basil of Caesarea’s homily On Faith (De fide) with much accuracy. It appears to have been composed sometime between 365 and 375, with 372-375 being the most likely years, given the attention given to … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Spirit Teaches his Divinity

“Were the Spirit not to be worshipped, how could he deify me through baptism?” asks St Gregory the Theologian. “If he is to be worshipped, why not adored? And if to be adored, how can he fail to be God? … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Progressive Revelation of the Spirit

If the Holy Spirit is God, why is this truth not explicitly taught in the inspired Scriptures of the Church? If the Holy Spirit is God, why did it take over 350 years for the Church to dogmatically confess it? … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Spirit who is God

St Gregory’s principal goal in Oration 31 is simple—to proclaim forthrightly the deity of the Holy Spirit. In his judgment it is no longer permissible for the Church to equivocate or to remain silent. The confession of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: Scripture and the “unbiblical” God

“But what do you say about the Holy Spirit?” the opponents of St Gregory Nazianzen ask. “Where did you get this strange, unscriptural ‘God’ you are bringing in?” (31.1). Thus begins the Theologian’s great oration on the Holy Spirit. Gregory … Continue reading

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St Gregory Nazianzen and the Holy Spirit (part 1)

In 372 St Gregory was ordained a bishop by his old friend and bishop of Caesarea, St Basil the Great. Basil intended Gregory to be the new bishop of the town of Sasima; but for various reasons, political and personal, … Continue reading

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