Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa
of St Basil the Great, he was at first a married priest, but when his wife,
the blessed Theosevia, died, he was chosen and consecrated as Bishop of
Nyssa. He was distinguished by great secular learning and spiritual experience,
and was a great preacher, a translator of the Scriptures and a theologian.
As a result of his opposition to the Arians, they did everything in their
power to crush him, regarding him as their chief enemy. They were so successful
in this that, in the reign of the Emperor Valens, their confederate, they
managed to depose him from his episcopal seat and drive him into exile.
This was in 376. The holy Father spent several years in patient exile,
enduring poverty and humiliation. In 381, he took part in the Second Ecumenical
Council, and it is thought that he formulated the final part of the Creed
concerning the Holy Spirit. Finally, finishing his life at a great age
in about the year 395, he entered into the Kingdom of God and has been
commemorated through all succeeding ages as a great light in the Church.