Macrina the Younger

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Our [[venerable]] mother, [[Saint]] '''Macrina the Younger''' (also ''Makrina''), was born in Cappadocia at the beginning of the fourth century. She is called ''[[righteous]]'' and ''[[wonder-worker]]''. Her [[feast day]] is celebrated on [[July 19]].
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St. Macrina was born to a holy family: her parents were Ss. [[Basil the Elder]] and [[Emily]]; four of her nine brothers and sisters are commemorated as saints: [[Basil the Great]], [[Peter of Sebaste]], [[Gregory of Nyssa]], and [[Theosebia the Deaconess]]; her grandmother, for whom she was named, is commemorated as St. [[Macrina the Elder]].
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After her siblings grew up, she convinced her mother to take [[monastic]] vows with her.  Following her mother's death, she led the [[nun]]s in the [[monastery]].  She died in 379/380 and was buried in a grave shared with her parents, with a eulogy by her younger brother, St. Gregory.  He also wrote ''The Life of St. Macrina''.
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] (Tone 8) [http://oca.org/FStropars.asp?ID=102055]
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:The [[icon|image]] of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother,
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:For you took up the [[Cross]] and followed [[Christ]].
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:By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away,
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:But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
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:Therefore your spirit, O Holy Mother Macrina, rejoices with the [[Angels]]!
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) [http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=133]
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:Since the light of righteousness shone brightly in thee,
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:thou wast an example of the life of piety for all,
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:teaching the [[virtues]] to them that cry:
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:Rejoice, Macrina, thou boast of virginity.
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==External links==
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=102055 Venerable Macrina the Sister of St Basil the Great] ([[OCA]])
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*[http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=133 Macrina the Righteous, sister of St. Basil] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.midiowa.com/ssephmac/Macrina.htm About St. Macrina]
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*[http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/macrina.html#life ''The Life of Saint Macrina''] a translation of the work by St. Gregory of Nyssa (Medieval Sourcebook)
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*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/saints/fourth_century_saint.htm "A Fourth-Century Saint for Our Times"] from ''Again Magazine'', a publication of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]. September 1994, p. 3.
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*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/m/phn67.htm Icon and Story of St. Macrina]
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