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Gregory of Nyssa, Saint

Saint Gregory of Nyssa (nĬs´ə), d. 394?, Cappadocian theologian; brother of St. Basil the Great and his successor as champion of orthodoxy. He became bishop of Nyssa in Cappadocia in 371, was removed in 376, and was restored in 378. He was prominent in the First Council of Constantinople (see Constantinople, First Council of). His fame rests on his theological works, most of which were controversial, against Eunomius, Apollinarians, and against the teachings of Jews and pagans (Oratio catechetica). Feast: Mar. 9.

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Gregory of Nyssa, St

Gregory of Nyssa, St (c.330–c.395). One of the Cappadocian fathers, and younger brother of Basil. Gregory was the most profound and skilful writer of the Cappadocians. Apart from important polemical works his major writings are the systematic Catechetical Orations, a Life of Moses in which mystical exegesis is used, and ascetical works such as On Virginity in which he develops the thought that in virginity the soul becomes a spouse of Christ.

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