Why Man is Destitute of Natural Weapons and Covering

by St. Gregory of Nyssa But what means the uprightness of his figure? And why is it that those powers which aid life do not naturally belong to his body? But man is brought into life bare of natural covering, an unarmed and poor being, destitute of all things useful, worthy, according to appearances, of […]

Music and Mediation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary ‘On the Inscriptions of the Psalms’

by Fr. Matthew Baker In his On the Making of Man, St Gregory of Nyssa likened the human body to a kind of musical instrument, played upon by the mind of man. In the same work, he dismissed as pagan the idea of man as microcosm. Yet later, in his dialogue On the Soul and […]

On Babbling And Repetition

The Lord Jesus Christ invented a word. It is in the Bible, but only once. That makes it important! This article explores its true meaning in context (ah, glorious context!). All Christians repeat the Lord’s Prayer, taught to do so by Jesus Himself (Matt 6:5-15). Fittingly, then, Gregory of Nyssa devoted five sermons to a […]

St. Gregory of Nyssa’s Teaching On The Eternal Nature Of Hell

by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos In many of his texts St. Gregory speaks of man’s freedom of choice, which is not abolished by God, and also about the perpetuity of Hell. Both these positions of his remove every notion of the theory of the restoration of all things as affirmed by Origen. In his great […]

Mystical Liturgy & Liturgy of the Heart

by St. Gregory of Nyssa Our father among the saints Gregory of Nyssa was bishop of Nyssa and a prominent theologian of the fourth century. He was the younger brother of Basil the Great and friend of Gregory the Theologian. He is one of the “Cappadocian Fathers,” a title which reveals at once his birthplace […]

A Sermon for the Theophany

by St. Gregory of Nyssa Our father among the saints Gregory of Nyssa was bishop of Nyssa and a prominent theologian of the fourth century. He was the younger brother of Basil the Great and friend of Gregory the Theologian. He is one of the “Cappadocian Fathers,” a title which reveals at once his birthplace […]