Book of Saints – Macrina the Younger


(Saint) Virgin (July 19) (4th century) The sister of Saints Basil, Gregory Nyssen and Peter of Sebaste. At an early age she was betrothed to a rich and noble youth, but his sudden death determined her to renounce all worldly prospects and to consecrate herself wholly to the service of God. She helped in the training of her brothers, and later on was instrumental in the foundation of several Religious Houses, over one of which she ultimately presided as Abbess. She had for many years the consolation of the presence of her brother, Saint Gregory Nyssen, with whom she spent her last hours in prayer and heavenly conversation. She died in December, A.D. 379, and was buried in the grave of her mother, Saint Eumelia, in the Church of the Forty Martyrs at Caesarea. Saint Gregory Nyssen has left us a magnificent Funeral Discourse delivered at the obsequies of his holy sister. From some allusions in it the learned Bollandists are inclined to post-date the death of Saint Macrina to July, A.D. 380.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Macrina the Younger”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 November 2014. Web. 4 August 2021. <>