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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For when the voice of psalmody was still, and the virgins gazed on that holy face, and the grave of our parents was already being opened, in which it had been decided that Macrina should be [D] laid, a woman cried out impulsively that after this hour we should see that divine face no more.

With him the mother’s pangs ceased, for he was the latest born of the family. One occasion for 61 tears did this divine soul ordain for us, recommending us to weep at the time of prayer. Therefore let Thy sanctification [B] descend on this my first and this my tenth.

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. I found her already terribly afflicted with weakness. For indeed her mother was so virtuous that she was guided 20 on all occasions by the divine will.

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

It is employed in a twofold sense, of the Christian religion generally and of asceticism in particular. In this case it was a woman who provided us with our subject; if indeed she should be styled woman, for I do not know whether it is fitting to designate her by her sex, who so surpassed her sex.

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Do you fail to recognise the cause of such great blessings, that it is your parents’ prayers that are lifting you ngssa on high, you that have little or no equipment within yourself for such success? Many, indeed, and varied, were the emotions of my heart at what I saw. Thus having become all things to the lad father, teacher, tutor, mother, giver of all good adviceshe produced such results that before the age of boyhood had passed, when he was yet a stripling in the first bloom of tender youth, he aspired to the high mark of philosophy.


Each is sanctified to Thee by the Law, and they are votive offerings to Thee. Prayer accompanied every labour. The life of St. Macrina was the first ever biography written about a woman.

Some one came to her telling the bad news. And kissing the child, as was natural, and putting her gregiry to her eyes, she saw the complaint of the pupil and said The same vision recurred three times that night.

Macrina the Younger

Now that all the distractions of the material life had been removed, Macrina persuaded her mother to give up her ordinary life and all showy style of living and the services of domestics to which she had been accustomed before, and bring her point of view down to that of the masses, and to share the life of the maids, treating all her slave girls and menials 29 as if they were sisters and belonged to the same rank as herself.

Indeed, the cause for the maidens’ weeping seemed to me just and [A] reasonable.

For in very truth, just as a runner who has passed his adversary and already drawn near to the end of the stadium, as he approaches the judge’s seat and sees the crown of victory, rejoices inwardly as if he had already attained his object and announces his victory to his sympathisers among the spectatorsin such a frame of mind did she, too, tell us to cherish better hopes for her, for she was already looking to the prize of her heavenly calling, and all but uttering the apostle’s words: But it seemed as if they had been torn away from their hope in God and the salvation of their souls, and so they cried and bewailed in this manner She persisted that the man who had been linked to her by her [D] parents’ arrangement was not dead, but that she considered him who lived to God, thanks to the hope of the resurrection, to be absent only, not dead; it was wrong not to keep faith with the bridegroom who was away.

It is at this moment, the great personage of St.

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

And so, lest the unbeliever should be injured by being led to disbelieve the gifts of God, I lf abstained from a consecutive narrative of these sublime wonders, thinking it sufficient to conclude my life of Macrina with what has been already said. After passing the stage of infancy, she showed herself apt in acquiring childish 22 accomplishments, gregpry her natural powers were shown in every study to which her parents’ judgment directed her.


And at the same time by such exercises he was taming his own manhood.

My apology must be that the subject macria which you bade me write is greater than can be compressed within the limits of a letter. At the death of her brother Basil, she was invincible. But she, considering the weakness nysssa 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.

Since they are all decayed and dissolved, gtegory must be expected, and turned into foul and repulsive shapelessness. Paul, according to the Acts of Paul and Thecla, which may well have been founded on fact. The basic rule of life oof prayer and communal labour. But when it came to Macrina herself she kept nothing of the things assigned to her in the equal division between brothers and sisters, but all her share was given into the priest’s hands according to the divine command.

When Gregory spoke of kf own troubles to Macrina — his exile at the hands jyssa the Emperor Valens on account of the faith, she exhorted him to stop behaving in a way incongruent to the divine mysteries. When [A] he had reached his twenty-first year, and had given such demonstration of his studies by speaking in public, that the whole audience in the theatre was thrilled, he was led by a divine providence to despise all that was already in his grasp, and drawn by an irresistible impulse went off to a life of solitude and poverty.

But when the mother put her oof within her bosom, nyesa make the sign of the cross on the part, the sign worked and the tumour disappeared. When this had been settled and his directions were being carried out, I got under the bed and called Araxius to the other side; two other distinguished priests took the hinder part of the bed.

And in this way a further advance in the direction of dignity [C] and sanctity was made in their life, now that philosophy was enriched by the priesthood.

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