Today is the feast of St. Gregory of Nazianzus. Gregory, along with St. Basil the Great and and St. John Chrysostom, are revered as the Three Holy Hierarchs of the Church. Gregory was born in Greece around 240 AD. During Gregory’s life, the Arian heresy was splitting the Church. Arianism held that Jesus was not co-eternal with God and is distinct from God. Instead Gregory, and the Nicene Creed’s supporters, held that the only distinctions between the Trinity’s three Persons are those which refer to their origins: the Father is unbegotten, the Son is begotten, and the Holy Spirit proceeds. Gregory also taught the complete humanity and the complete divinity of Jesus Christ. In 381 AD, Gregory was asked to chair the second Council of Nicaea which confirmed the beliefs which we espouse during every Eucharist in the Nicene Creed. In response to those who refuted the Holy Spirit’s divinity, Gregory offered this argument: “Christ is born, the Spirit is His Forerunner; Christ is baptized, the Spirit bears witness; Christ works miracles, the Spirit accompanies them; Christ ascends, the Spirit takes His place. What titles appertaining to God do not apply also to (the Spirit).”
~Dr. Gil Haas, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
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