January 14: Feast Day of Saint Macrina the Elder

Grandson St. Basil the Great

Grandson St. Gregory of Nyssa

Around 300 A.D. when Diocletian was persecuting the Christians, Saint Macrina the Elder fled with her husband and children to the Black Sea. There she raised her children – including the boy later known as Saint Basil the Elder.

Eventually her son married a woman later to be known as St. Emmelia. Their famous children include Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Peter of Sebaste, and Saint Macrina the Younger.

I believe that is known as raising a faithful family.

Granddaughter St. Macrina the Younger

I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers… I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

2 Timothy 1:5

 

St. Macrina the Younger’s feast day is celebrated on January 14.

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