Our Venerable Father and Confessor Basil, Ascetical Companion of Procopius (716-40)
February 27, 2019 - February 28, 2019
Our Venerable Father and Confessor Basil, Ascetical Companion of Procopius (716-40); Jude 11-25; Luke 23:1-34, 44-56.
Saint Basil the Confessor was a monk and suffered during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Leo the Isaurian (717-741). When persecution started against those who venerated holy icons, Saint Basil and his companion Saint Procopius of Decapolis (February 27) were subjected to much torture and locked up in prison. Here both martyrs languished for a long while, until the death of the impious emperor.
When the holy Confessors Basil and Procopius were set free along with other venerators of holy icons, they continued in their monastic struggles, instructing many in the Orthodox Faith and the virtuous life. Saint Basil died peacefully at an old age.