Saint Basil the Great was a bishop in Cappadocia (modern Turkey) and an influential supporter of the doctrine of the Trinity laid out in the Nicene Creed, along with his brother Gregory of Nyssa and close friend Gregory Nazianzus. Basil was also famous for his sermons, exegetical writings, impact on eastern monasticism, and his work on the liturgy. Indeed, his contributions were so important in the east that he is considered one of the Three Holy Hierarchs of the eastern church, along with Nazianzus and John Chrysostom.
The traditional date of Basil’s death is January 1, 379. So, in honor of his passing, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him.
Arising from sleep I thank thee, O Holy Trinity,
that, for the sake of thy great kindness and long-suffering,
thou hast not had indignation against me,
for I am slothful and sinful,
neither hast thou destroyed me in my transgressions:
but thou hast shown thy customary love towards man,
and hast raised me up as I lay in heedlessness,
that I might sing my morning hymn and glorify thy soveriegnty.
Do thou now enlighten the eyes of my understanding,
open my ears to receive thy words
and teach me thy commandments.
Help me to do thy will,
to hymn thee,
to confess thee from my heart,
and to extol thine All-holy name,
of Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
now and for ever,
and unto the ages of ages.