— Christmas Season —
Saint Basil the Great
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus
Bishops and Fathers of the Church

“No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.” (1 John 2:23)

Saint Bede the Venerable comments on this verse from today’s First Reading:

“John is looking for a confession of faith which involves the heart, as well as confessing in both word and deed. He is saying the same thing as the apostle Paul when he wrote: “No one can say that Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit,” which means that unless the Holy Spirit gives us the power to do so, we cannot serve Christ with perfect faith and action.” (On 1 John)

O God,
Who were pleased to give light to Your Church
by the example and teaching
of the Bishops Saints Basil and Gregory,
grant, we pray,
that in humility we may learn Your truth
and practice it faithfully in charity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen