Basil Alexander Macías was born Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 6:30 AM. He weighs 7 lbs, 4 oz. and is 19.5 inches long.
His namesake is St. Basil the Great – Archbishop of Cæsarea in Cappadocia (4th Century). St. Basil was another crucial figure in defending the Church from Arianism and allied the Alexandrian Bishop St. Athanasius (the namesake of our first son).
“He [St.Basil] was responsible for the victory of Nicene orthodoxy over Arianism in the Byzantine East, and the denunciation of Arianism at the Council of Constantinople in 381-82 was in large measure due to his efforts. Basil fought simony, aided the victims of drought and famine, strove for a better clergy, insisted on a rigid clerical discipline, fearlessly denounced evil wherever he detected it, and excommunicated those involved in the widespread prostitution traffic in Cappadocia. He was learned, accomplished in statesmanship, a man of great personal holiness, and one of the great orators of Christianity.” i