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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]].


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]].

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''.

[[Troparion]] (Tone 8) []
:The [[icon|image]] of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother,
:For you took up the [[Holy Cross|Cross]] and followed [[Christ]].
:By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away,
:But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
:Therefore your spirit, O Holy Mother Macrina, rejoices with the [[Angels]]!

[[Kontakion]] (Tone 4) []
:Since the light of righteousness shone brightly in thee,
:thou wast an example of the life of piety for all,
:teaching the [[virtues]] to them that cry:
:Rejoice, Macrina, thou boast of virginity.

==External links==
*[ Venerable Macrina the Sister of St Basil the Great] ([[OCA]])
*[ Macrina the Righteous, sister of St. Basil] ([[GOARCH]])
*[ About St. Macrina]
*[ ''The Life of Saint Macrina''] a translation of the work by St. Gregory of Nyssa (Medieval Sourcebook)
*[ "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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