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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But when they hyssa no longer subdue their anguish in silence, and grief like some inward fire was smouldering in their hearts, all at once a bitter and irrepressible cry broke out; gregoey that my reason no longer remained calm, but a flood of emotion, like a watercourse in spate, swept it away, and so, neglecting my duties, I gave myself up to lamentation. And gradually her tongue dried up with the fever, she could articulate her words no longer, ggregory 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.

Such was his story; it was interrupted by 78 sobs, and tears choked his utterance, So much for the soldier and his tale.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Thou hast made the end of this life the beginning to us of true life. 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 of the imminent separation from this life, but philosophized to her last breath about every decision taken from the beginning of her earthly life.

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.

Macrina the Younger – Wikipedia

And though Gfegory found it macrinw great and genuine rest to see her and hear her noble words, yet since she wanted it so gregor, that I might in every particular seem to obey my mistress, I found a pretty arbour prepared for me in one of the neighbouring gardens, and rested under the shade of the trailing vines. Biography The Life of St. On her deathbed, she spoke to those present —among whom was her brother Gregory— on the Christian perspective of why man is born mortal, and from whence comes death and liberation from death.


O Thou Who hast power on earth to forgive sins, forgive me, that I may be refreshed and may be found before Thee when I put off my body, without defilement on my soul.

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

There she had stored her all, nothing was left on earth. Nevertheless Macrina took him in hand, and with such speed did she draw him also toward the mark of philosophy that he forsook the glories of this world and despised fame gained by speaking, and deserted it for this busy life where one toils with one’s hands.

Millions of people are looking for the deeper yregory of life and human existence, while —at the same time— grdgory dominant culture rejects faith as a source. She had macrija and reared them, and led them to the pure and stainless life. But at this point I should like to insert a short parenthesis in my narrative and not to pass over unrelated such a matter as the following, in which the lofty character of the maiden is displayed.

Those, I mean, who do not know that according to the proportion of faith so is given the distribution of spiritual gifts, little to those of little faith, much to those [B] who have plenty of “sea-room” 9 in their religion.

And just as we learn in the story of Job that the saint was tormented in every part of his body with discharges owing to the corruption of his wounds, yet did not allow the pain [C] to affect his reasoning power, but in spite of the pains in the body did not relax his activities nor interrupt the lofty or of his discoursesimilarly did I see in the case nussa this 46 great woman.

It was a community that understood its identity and lived coherently the life to which they were consecrated. Nor was she ignorant of any part of the Psalter, but at stated times she recited every part of it. Seven or eight stades intervened between the Retreat macruna the abode of the Holy Martyrs, in which also the bodies of our parents were laid.

She gathered round herself other devout woman and even servants, treating them as sisters, who belonged to the same rank. But since she had lost both her parents, and was in the very flower of her youthful beauty, and the fame of her good looks was attracting many suitors, and there was a danger that, if she were not mated to some one willingly, she might suffer some [B] unwished-for violent fate, seeing that some men, inflamed by her beauty, were ready to abduct heron this account she chose for her husband a man who was known and approved for the gravity of his conduct, and so gained a protector of her life.


The Life and Influence of our Holy Mother Macrina

She was lying not on a bed 44 or couch, but on the floor; a sack had been spread on a board, and another board propped up her head, so contrived as to act as a pillow, supporting the sinews of the neck in slanting fashion, and holding up the neck comfortably. But when we got inside the church we laid down the bed and turned first to prayer. A stream of tears fell from her eyes on to the ground, and she used the mud made by the tears as a remedy for her ailment.

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.

It rises actually in Armenia, passes through our parts, and discharges its stream into the [ B] Black Sea.

She has indeed given her the true drug which cures disease; it is the healing that comes from prayer. In all these matters she shared her mother’s toils, dividing her cares with her, and lightening her heavy load of sorrows. Macrina is like searching through the expanses of history or order to discover the beauty of a vocation, the holiness of a woman and the wisdom of a virgin.

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.

In all three trials —the death of her mother and her two brothers, Naucratius and Basil—Macrina did not break and she overcame her human weaknesses. So that her mother would often say that she had carried the rest of her children in her womb for a definite time, but that Macrina she bore always, since in a sense she ever carried her about.

THE form of this volume, if one may judge from its heading, is apparently epistolary, but its bulk exceeds that of a letter, extending as it does to the length of a book. For it was a brother, and a favourite brother, who had been snatched away by such a manner of death.