Saint Vasilios

Our Church is named for Saint Vasilios (Basil) the Great, whose feast day is January 1st. You can read more about Saint Vasilios here.

Our Church also commemorates the Feast Day of Panagia Tou Harou on August 23. You can read the story of Panagia Tou Harou here.

Saint Vasilios is one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, together with Saints Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Saint Vasilios, Gregory the Theologian, and Saint Vasilios’ brother Saint Gregory of Nyssa are called the Cappadocian Fathers. Saint Vasilios is also remembered on January 30 with the Three Holy Hierarchs. In Greek tradition, he is supposed to visit children and give presents every January 1. This festival is also marked by the baking of Saint Basil’s bread (Vasilópita), a sweetbread with a coin hidden inside.

Ref: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Basil_the_Great