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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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Nysa my way I met a distinguished if who had a military command in a little city of Pontus named Sebastopolis, and dwelt [C] there with his subordinates. Gregory dreamed that he was carrying relics of the martyrs. Her brother Gregory of Nyssa wrote a work entitled Life of Macrina in which he describes her sanctity throughout her life. One occasion for 61 tears did this divine soul ordain for us, recommending us to weep at the time of prayer.

But she was resplendent [D] even in the dark robe, divine power having added, as I think, this final grace to the body, so that, as in the vision of my dream, rays actually seemed to shine forth from grsgory beauty. Meanwhile evening had come and a lamp [B] was brought in.

And someone in form and raiment more splendid than a human being appeared and addressed the child she was carrying by the name of Thecla, that Thecla, I mean, who is so famous among the virgins.

We are brothers and sisters, in as much as we are children of the same Father, in the Son, through the Holy Spirit. And thus she spent the night.

Besides which, the moral elevation always maintained by Macrina’s life gave her mother the opportunity of rejoicing over the blessings she enjoyed rather than grieving over those that were missing.

We live in a paradoxical situation. And, thanks to his natural endowments, he was clever in every art that involves hand-work, so that without any guidance he achieved lite completely accurate knowledge of everything that ordinary people learn by time and trouble. So I called to the sisters with a loud voice For most men judge what is [A] credible in the way of a tale by the measure of their own experience.

But she, considering the weakness of our minds, was contriving how to divert us from our sorrowful anticipations, and once more with those beautiful words of hers poured out what was left of her suffering soul with [D] short and difficult breathing. Her eagerness did not diminish, but as she approached her end, ot if she discerned the beauty of the Bridegroom more clearly, she hastened towards the Beloved with the greater eagerness. We must recover a true monasticism within our communities and in the heart of our local churches.

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Macrina the Younger

And if my narrative were not extending to an unconscionable length I would tell everything in order, how she was uplifted as she discoursed to us on the nature of the soul and explained the reason of life in the flesh, and why man was made, and how he was mortal, and the origin of death and the nature of the journey from death to life again. Macrina, who in their wisdom and open heartedness, and consciousness of their identity, knew how to face the problems of the Church and contemporary society.

The life of St. Thou hast broken the heads of the dragon who had seized us with his gergory, in the yawning gulf of disobedience.

The Life and Influence of our Holy Mother Macrina

For there grew once in this nysssa a cruel disease, and there was a danger either that the tumour should require an operation, or that the complaint should become quite incurable, if it should spread to the neighbourhood of the heart. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Seven or eight stades intervened between the Retreat and the abode of the Holy Martyrs, in which also the bodies of our parents were laid.

Not that she made this her chief business. I described to her what had happened in the men’s room, both what I had heard and seen.

In which connection it is noteworthy that the girl’s beauty could not be concealed in spite of efforts to hide it. For the mother looked after the girl’s soul, and the girl looked after her mother’s body, and in all respects fulfilled the required services, even going so far as to prepare meals for her mother with her own hands.

But when the prayers and the blessing were over, and the women, after reverently inclining their head for the blessing, retired to their own apartments, none of them were left with us. But when I came to the actual place, rumour had already announced my arrival to the brotherhood. Such thoughts as these did she utter, no longer to us who were present, but to Him in person on Whom she gazed fixedly.


As the eldest daughter, Macrina helped her mother raise her younger brothers and sisters, spin wool and bake bread. But what exceeds the capacity of the hearer, men receive with insult and suspicion of falsehood, as remote from truth. So Macrina, who was a wise woman, followed the inspiration of the Rules of St. For the attentions received from her daughter were worth those [A] of many maidservants, and the benefits were mutual. This was why she gave commands that your hands were to prepare her body for burial.

Gregory of Nyssa, Life of St. Macrina () pp. ; English Translation

For this my eldest is the first-fruits and this my last-born is the tenth. Will you not remedy the ingratitude of your soul? Consequently I omit that extraordinary agricultural operation in the famine time, how that the corn for the relief of need, though constantly distributed, suffered no perceptible diminution, remaining ,ife in bulk the same as before it was distributed to the needs of the suppliants.

When her noble character had been tested by these different accessions of trouble, in every 41 respect the metal of her soul was grehory to be unadulterated and undefiled. This is all her wealth, these are her riches.

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Macrija him the mother’s pangs ceased, for he was the latest born of the family. 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. Since living gregoory the body and yet after the likeness of the immaterial beings, they were not bowed down by the weight of the body, but their life was exalted to the skies and [B] they walked on high in company with the powers of heaven.

Nor let [A] the Slanderer stand against me in the way; nor let my sin be found before Thy eyes, if in anything I have sinned in word or deed or thought, led astray by the weakness of our nature.