Book of Saints – Macarius the Elder

woodcut of Saint Macarius of Egypt, image courtesy of the Digital Image Archive, Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory UniversityArticle

(Saint) (January 15) (4th century) An Egyptian Saint, born about A.D. 300, who in his youth retired to a solitary hut, where he combined assiduous prayer and the practice of austerities with the tending of sheep and the plaiting of baskets. Soon, to escape public notice, he fled to the Desert of Scete, where he was promoted to the priesthood and passed the remaining sixty years of his life. His chief duty was to celebrate daily the Divine Mysteries and otherwise minister to the spiritual needs of the several thousand members of this monastic colony. His gift of working miracles extended to the raising of the dead to life; and his attachment to the Orthodox Faith led to the dispersion, exile, and martyrdom of his monks. Saint Macarins and other survivors were recalled from banishment by the Emperor Valens, who feared a popular uprising on their account. Saint Macarius died A.D. 390.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Macarius the Elder”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2014. Web. 26 July 2021. <>