Prayer to the Three Hierarchs

Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom.

Jan. 30





O most bright luminaries of the Church of Christ, Basil, Gregory, and John, who by the light of Orthodox teachings have illuminated all the ends of the earth and by the sword of the Word of God have extinguished the


sacrilegious chaos and confusion of heresies!

We who fall down before your mercy, cry out with faith and love from the depths of our hearts: standing before the throne of the Most Holy, Consubstantial, Life-creating and Undivided Trinity, for Whom ye fought well the good fight by word, writing and living, and by risking of life, pray ye alway to Him,

that He might strengthen us also in Orthodoxy and oneness of mind, and in unshaken confession of the faith of Christ even unto death, and in obedience to His Holy Church with all our heart;

that He might gird us with strength from on high against all enemies visible and invisible;

that He keep His Church stable in the face of unbelief, superstitions, heresy and schism;

that He grant the Orthodox Christians Godspeed in all good things:

to our pastors, spiritual sobriety and zeal for the salvation of their flocks,


to those in authority justice and righteousness,


to soldiers patience, manliness and victory over foes,


to orphans and widows, protection;


healing unto the sick;


to the young, a good growth in the faith;


consolation to the elderly;


a defense to those abused;


and unto all, all those things which are needful in this life and in life eternal,

so that, in peace and penitence, aflame with the desire to be saved, serving the Lord, fighting the good fight, we may complete our course and be found worthy, in the kingdom of heaven together with you, always to sing and glorify the most holy and majestic name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, unto ages of ages. Amen.

Provided by Fr John Shaw, via email






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