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.
Holy Father John the Righteous, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis; Euthemios the Enlightener of Karelia; Cosmas, Bishop of Calcydon; John the New Martyr of Epiros; Athanasia the Wonderworker of Aegina