Church History Saints Spirituality

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

“Who gives you the day will give you also the things necessary for the day.”

– Saint Gregory of Nyssa


4th century
(The Cappadocian Fathers are Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus & Saint Basil the Great )


  • The Trinity of God
  • The Infinity of God
  • Stages of Spiritual Progression
    1. Initial darkness or ignorance
    2. Spiritual illumination
    3. Darkness of the mind in contemplation of the God who cannot be comprehended. Apophatic theology teaches that mystically it is only through “not-knowing” and “not-seeing” that God can, paradoxically, be known and seen.


Dogmatic Treatises

  • Against Eunomius
  • Answer to Eunomius’ Second Book
  • On the Holy Spirit
  • On the Holy Trinity, and of the Godhead of the Holy Spirit
  • On “Not Three Gods.”
  • On the Faith

Ascetic and Moral Treatises

Philosophical Works

Apologetic Works

Oratorical Works


  • To Eusebius
  • To the City of Sebasteia
  • To Ablabius
  • To Cynegius
  • A Testimonial
  • To Stagirius
  • To a Friend
  • To a Student of the Classics
  • An Invitation
  • To Libanius
  • Second Letter to Libanius
  • On His work against Eunomius
  • To the Church at Nicomedia
  • To the Bishop of Melitene
  • To Adelphius the Lawyer
  • To Amphilochius
  • To Eustathia, Ambrosia, and Basilissa
  • To Flavian

Troparion — Tone 4

O God of our Fathers, / always act with kindness towards us; / take not Your mercy from us, / but guide our lives in peace / through the prayers of the hierarchs Gregory and Dometian.

Troparion — Tone 8

In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, / an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; / your humility exalted you; / your poverty enriched you. / Hierarch Father Gregory, / entreat Christ our God / that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 1

You kept watch with the eyes of your soul, holy bishop, / revealing yourself as a watchful pastor for the world. / With the staff of your wisdom and your fervent intercession, / you drove away all heretics like wolves. / You preserved your flock free from harm, most wise Gregory!

Feast Day(s)

January 10th

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