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.
Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium; Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentum; Ischyrion, Bishop of Egypt; Afterfeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple; Dionysios, Patriarch of Constantinople; Sisinios the Confessor