Legends of the Blessed Sacrament – Saint Basil and the Converted Jew

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(A.D. 379) This Saint was the intimate friend of Saint Gregory of Nazianzum. Now it happened one day that, as he was celebrating the Holy Mysteries in public, a Jew entered the Christian congregation, in order to witness the ceremonies and customs of the Christians in the divine service. He saw in the hands of Saint Basil a child, whom he appeared to divide into four portions. Now this man accompanied the Christians when they approached in order to receive Holy Communion, and so he too partook of the Holy Eucharist, as it was then distributed, in both kinds. He reserved, however, a small particle, and took it home with him to show to his wife, to whom he related all that he had seen with his own eyes in the church. This man, enlightened by grace, believed at once the fearful and wondrous Mystery of the Christian worship, and came the following day to Basil with the request that he might receive baptism without delay¬ę This the Saint granted, and baptised him and his whole household straightway. Saint Basil died, lamented by all, even by the Jews, in the year 379.

MLA Citation

  • Emily Mary Shapcote. “Saint Basil and the Converted Jew”. Legends of the Blessed Sacrament, 1877. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2014. Web. 1 August 2021. <>