Thursday, July 19, 2007

Saints: Macrina

Her years are 340-379 and early in life she established a monastery with the assistance of her mother Emmelia. She, like Mother Teresa after her, started a community that cared for the poor. She took in starving women, many of whom became nuns in her monastery.

Macrina started the tradition in her family. She was the younger sister of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa, both of whom became Bishops and defenders of the Faith . It is said that Macrina was an excellent theologian and teacher, and that her brothers ensured that her influence was carried on through their writings.

On this her feast day we give thanks for Macrina's steadfast Christian faith, her care for the poor, and her influence on Christianity.

Merciful God, you called your servant Macrina to reveal in her life and her teaching the riches of your grace and truth: May we, following her example, seek after your wisdom and live according to her way; through Jesus Christ our Svior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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