Philadelphia, PA – Evangelismos Greek Orthodox church of Philadelphia hosted a poem reading in honor of the Three Hierarchs, following church this past Sunday.
The Three Hierarchs (Ancient Greek: Οἱ Τρεῖς Ἱεράρχαι, Greek: Οι Τρεις Ιεράρχες) of Eastern Christianity refers to Basil the Great (also known as Basil of Caesarea), Gregory the Theologian (also known as Gregory of Nazianzus) and John Chrysostom. They were highly influential bishops of the early church who played pivotal roles in shaping Christian theology. In Eastern Christianity, they are also known as the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers, while in Roman Catholicism the three are honored as Doctors of the Church. The three are venerated as saints in Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Anglicanism and other Christian churches.