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.
Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna; Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria; Gorgonia the Righteous, sister of Gregory the Theologian; Damian the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Boswell, Abbot of Melrose Abbey