The calendar brings us such riches of “saints” to reflect on. The old year went out with John Wycliffe, morning star of the Reformation and a many-greats uncle of Jean’s, and the New Year begins with the great Cappadocians, whose faces in the picture look down on us like theological college lecturers, calling us back to the great truths of the faith. The antiphon and collect capture the mood nicely:
Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the heavens, and those who have instructed many in virtue will shine like stars for all eternity.
Lord God,whose servants Basil and Gregory proclaimed the mystery of your Word made flesh, to build up your Church in wisdom and strength: grant that we may rejoice in his presence among us, and so be brought with them to know the power of your unending love; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.