Basil and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The association with Basil has long been associated with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
According to liturgical legend, Empress Saint Helena found the location of the True Cross by digging for it under a colony of Basil. Basil plants were reputed to have sprung up where His Precious Blood fell along with the tears of the Mother of Sorrows. The word Basil is also related to the Greek word basileios, which translates to King.
Father Stavros has asked all who can, to grow Basil for this precious feast.
The Holy Apostle Thaddaeus; The Holy Martyr Bassa and Her Sons: Theognis, Agapius, and Pistus; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; Athanasios Patelaros, Patriarch of Constantinople