Scholars usually treat writings about Macrina the Younger as sources of information about historical events and persons. In my opinion, all four sources about. Gregory of Nyssa lauded his older sister Macrina as “the common glory of Life of Macrina and The Dialogue on the Soul and the Resurrection, he portrayed. St. Gregory Of Nyssa: THE LIFE OF ST. MACRINA – Kindle edition by St. Gregory of Nyssa. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or.

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And kissing the child, as was natural, and putting her lips to her eyes, she saw the complaint of the pupil and said For he was snatched suddenly away from life. Her main occupations were religious duties and prayer.

Saint Macrina is significant in that her brother, Saint Gregory of Nyssawas able to set standards for being a holy Early Christian woman.

And gradually her tongue dried up with the fever, she could articulate her words no longer, and her voice died away, and only by the trembling of her lips and the motion of her hands did we recognise that she was praying.

One day Thou wilt take again what Thou hast given, transfiguring with immortality and grace our mortal and unsightly remains. She developed them according to the will of her parents, clearly demonstrating a close relationship between mother and daughter, which carried into their shared view of religious life. Approaching her end, with macrin fever consuming her forces and pushing her ever closer to ot, Macrina maintained her freedom of spirit, contemplating higher truths.

And thus she spent the night.

The Life of Macrina, by Gregory Bishop of Nyssa | Monastic Matrix

In general, women carry within themselves a measure of eternity, the capacity to be with God and to be like God through their being and actions. Our account of her was not based on the narrative of others, but our talk was an accurate description of what we had learned by personal experience, nor did it gregkry to be authenticated by strangers.

It was the ninth month or a little longer after this disaster, and a synod of bishops was gathered at Antioch, in which we also took part. It is Macrina’s self-mastery and transcendence of worldly concerns in anticipation lige her union with Christ that mediate Christian hope to her community of virgins and so train them in the proper way to live and to face death. She declared that she knew Macrina’s [A] wishes in the matter of burial exactly. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Nor as yet was I reconciled to the thought of losing the common glory of our family, but my mind, as it were inspired by the spectacle, supposed that she would actually rise superior to the common lot.

The Life and Influence of our Holy Mother Macrina | Basilian Monasticism

But when the mother put her hand within her bosom, to make the sign of the cross on the part, the sign worked nysas the tumour disappeared. Now my mind was becoming unnerved in two ways, from the sight that met my ngssa, and the sad wailing of the virgins that sounded in my ears. Conclusions With such great wealth of testimony on the life of St. So I called to the sisters with a loud voice Gregory marvelled that even in the final moments of her life, Macrina did not show any emotion in anticipation of her death, nor was she afraid nysssa the imminent separation from this life, but philosophized to her last breath about every decision taken from the beginning of her earthly life.


Her illness and death was made known to her brother Gregory in a dream. When she rose from bed, or engaged in household duties, or rested, [A] or partook of food, or retired from table, when 23 she went to bed or ngssa in the night for prayer, the Psalter was her constant companion, like a good fellow-traveller that never deserted her.

Consequently I omit that extraordinary agricultural operation in the famine time, how that the corn for the relief of need, though constantly macrinna, suffered no perceptible diminution, remaining always in bulk the same as before it was distributed to the needs of the suppliants. In her hour of death, Emmelia blessed her children, touching them with her hands and uttering prayers. Thou for a season restest our bodies in sleep and awakest them again nysas the last trump.

Her mother implored her often and begged her to receive the attention of a doctor, since the medical art, she [B] said, was sent from God for the saving of men.

Macrina the Younger

At her first confinement she became the mother of Macrina. When I asked her about them for she happened to be present at our deliberationsshe said with tears Perfect though she was in every department of virtue, yet nature dominated her as it does others. Then I asked after the great lady. She gathered round herself other devout woman and even servants, treating them as sisters, who belonged to the same rank.

When the cares of bringing up a family and the anxieties of their education and settling in life had come to an end, and the propertya frequent cause of worldliness had been for the most part divided among the children, then, as I said above, the life of the virgin became her mother’s guide and led her on to this philosophic and spiritual [C] manner of life.

With such great wealth of testimony on the life of St. So the generous youth would go on fishing expeditions, and since he was expert in every form of sport, he provided food to his grateful clients by this means. He was puffed up beyond measure with the pride of oratory and looked down on the 28 local dignitaries, excelling in his own estimation all the men of leading and position. And not only this, but she helped her mother to bear her burden of responsibilities.


For this my eldest is the first-fruits and this my last-born is the tenth. The tendencies that place our communities at risk are:. Such was his story; it was interrupted by 78 sobs, and tears choked his utterance, So much for the soldier and his tale. Thou that didst break the flaming sword and didst restore to Paradise the man that was crucified with Thee and implored Thy mercies, remember me, too, in Thy kingdom; because I, too, was crucified with Thee, having nailed my flesh to the cross for fear of Thee, and of Thy judgments have I been afraid.

I do not think it advisable to add to my narrative all the similar things that we heard from those who lived with her and knew her life accurately. When the mother had arranged excellent marriages for the other sisters, such as was best in each case, Macrina’s brother, the great Basil, returned after his long period of [C] education, already a practised rhetorician.

But when it was time that the pure body should be wrapped in its robes, the command of the great departed one made it necessary for me to undertake the ministry; but the sister who shared with me that great inheritance was present and joined in the work.

Such was the prayer; we need not doubt that it reached [C] God and that she, too, was hearing His voice. But it [C] seems to me that the apparition spoke not so much to guide the mother to a right choice of name, as to forecast the life of the young child, and to indicate by the name that she would follow her namesake’s mode of life.

When the due time came for her pangs to be ended by delivery, she fell asleep and seemed to be carrying in her hands that which was still in her womb.

For that she did not even in her last breath find anything strange in the hope of the Resurrection, nor even shrink at the departure from this life, but with lofty mind continued to discuss up to her last breath the convictions she had formed from the beginning about this lifeall this seemed to me more than human. There is nothing stored away in secret places beyond what you see, or put away safely in boxes or bedroom.

But when she had finished the thanksgiving, and her hand brought to her face to make the Sign had signified the end of the prayer, she drew a great deep breath and closed her life and her prayer together. Do you fail to recognise the cause of such great blessings, that it is your parents’ prayers that are lifting you up on high, you that have little or no equipment within yourself for such success?