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St. Gregory of Nyssa

Gregory of Nyssa, Early CHurch Father and Doctor of the Church

Saint Gregory of Nyssa: Biography and Online Writings

Early Church Father and Doctor of the Church

 

Gregory of Nyssa was the younger brother of St. Basil the Great and St. Macrina.  Born around 330 AD, Gregory married and spent several years of his life in secular employment before he entered the monastery founded by his elder brother.  He was consecrated Bishop of Nyssa in 371 and fought tirelessly for the Trinitarian faith of Nicaea that was reaffirmed by the great Creed of the Council of Constantinople, which he attended.  In the last few years of his life, he traveled a great deal since he was in great demand as a preacher, teacher, and spiritual writer. 

 

St. Gregory of Nyssa was a theologian of great depth and originality.  He wrote famous treatises against trinitiarian herietics Eunomius and Apollinarius and instructed new Christians about the the Trinity, Incarnation, Redemption and Sacraments in his Catechetical Orations.  But his theological reflections far surpassed controversy and cathechesis--indeed, St. Gregory provides us with the first systematic presentation of Christian doctrine since Origen over 150 years earlier.  

 

Gregory wrote many reflections and commentaries on Scripture, most notably his Life of Moses and homilies on the Lord's Prayer, the Song of Songs, and the Beatitudes.  His most important contribution was in the area of spirituality.  While his brother gave eastern monasticism its structure and organization, Gregory provided its heart and mystical vision. For this reason he came to be know as "Father of Mysticism."

 

St. Gregory of Nyssa died around the year 395 AD and is revered as one of the greatest of the Eastern Church Fathers.  He, his brother Basil and their friend St. Gregory of Nazianzen, are known as the Cappadocian Fathers, from the region in modern Turkey from which they came.  His feast day is March 9th.

 

 


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Title Category Excerpt Download
Birth and Death-St Gregory of Nyssa Early Church Fathers,
Catholic Bible Study
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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God-Gregory of Nyssa Virtues & Christian Character,
Catholic Bible Study
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Christian as another Christ-St Gregory of Nyssa Early Church Fathers,
Virtues & Christian Character
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Examination of Conscience -- St. Gregory of Nyssa Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
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Fight the Good Fight of Faith-Gregory of Nyssa Yes Download
Glory of the Holy Spirit-Gregory of Nyssa Easter Season,
Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit
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Hope of Seeing God - Gregory of Nyssa Catholic Bible Study Yes Download
Keep Your Eyes on Christ-St Gregory of Nyssa Early Church Fathers Yes
Prayer to the Good Shepherd-Gregory of Nyssa Theology of the Body,
Catholic Bible Study
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The Kingdom of God is Within-Gregory of Nyssa Virtues & Christian Character,
Catholic Bible Study
Yes
This is the Day the Lord has Made-Gregory of Nyssa Early Church Fathers,
Easter Season
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