After having completed his studies at Constantinople and Athens with his intimate friend Gregory of Nazianzen, he renounced the world, left his family, and entered a monastery. He was chosen bishop of Caesarea. His commanding character, his firmness and energy, his learning and eloquence, his humility and austerity made him a model for bishops.
O God, the rewarder of faithful souls, grant through the prayers of blessed Basil, Thy confessor and bishop, whose venerable feastday we are celebrating, we may receive the pardon of our sins. — Postcommunion