Saturday, November 08, 2008

St. Basil the Confessor

St. Basil the Confessor was a monk and the Bishop of Parium during the eighth century. He is most praiseworthy for being a courageous Iconodule who, after he openly venerated icons and refused to sign the Iconoclast "Iniquitous Scroll" and banned heretics from his diocese, was imprisoned, starved, and otherwise tortured under Emperor Leo III until the emperor's death in 741. The zealous Confessor never betrayed the Catholic faith. Glorious Basil, pray that we will be brave defenders of the faith like you and that we will join you in the Kingdom of Heaven! Amen.

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