Book of Saints – Macarius the Younger


(Saint) (January 2) (4th century) Sometimes styled “the Younger,” sometimes “of Alexandria,” to distinguish him from another Saint Macarius who was also a hermit in Egypt. He is said to have abandoned the trade of a fruiterer to consecrate himself to God in the Thebaid in Upper Egypt, about A.D. 335. Thence passing into Lower Egypt, he took up his abode in the Desert of Nitria. Here he was ordained priest and surpassed the other hermits in the practice of austerities. He became renowned for his gifts of prophecy and miracle working. Lucius, the intruded Arian Patriarch of Alexandria banished him on account of his unflinching Orthodoxy. He died, according to Palladius, about A.D. 395, at an advanced age. He is alleged to have written a Rule for Monks and some Discourses on spiritual subjects.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Macarius the Younger”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2014. Web. 29 July 2021. <>