On 25th of March, nine months prior to the Nativity, we celebrate the Annunciation; the "announcing" of Jesus' conception. The Greek word ευαγγελισμός, or "the telling of the Good News," adds a rich layer of spiritual and theological meaning, as we commemorate the setting-in-motion of God's plan for our salvation.
In 320AD, forty soldiers of the Roman army of different backgrounds and races, were enrolled together into one troop and had great faith in Jesus Christ. At the time of sacrifice to the pagan idols, the forty soldiers refused to do so.
St Gregory was a pre-eminent theologian who spent a lot of time writing books and fighting false teachings. One such false teaching was that it was wrong to live like the monks on Mt Athos did - in quietness and prayer.