Oil Dedicated to St Macrina the Younger (Virgin)
St Macrina the Younger was a nun in the Early Christian Church. And is a prominent saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox churches. Her younger brother, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, wrote about her life focusing heavily on her virginity and asceticism.
Her brother, Gregory of Nyssa, wrote a work entitled Life of Macrina in which he describes her sanctity throughout her life. Macrina lived a chaste and humble life, devoting her time to prayer and the spiritual education of her younger brother, Peter. Gregory presents her choosing the devoted study of Scripture and other sacred writings.
St Macrina was born at Caesarea, Cappadocia. Her parents were Basil the Elder and Emmelia, and her grandmother was Macrina the Elder. Among her nine siblings were two of the three Cappadocian Fathers. Her younger brothers Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa. As well as Peter of Sebaste and the famous Christian jurist Naucratius.
Her father arranged for her to marry but her fiancé died before the wedding. After having been betrothed to her fiancé, Macrina did not believe it was appropriate to marry another man. But saw Christ as her eternal bridegroom. Instead, she devoted herself to her religion, becoming a nun.
Macrina had a profound influence upon her brothers and her mother with her adherence to an ascetic ideal. Her brother Gregory of Nyssa wrote a work entitled Life of Macrina. In which he describes her sanctity throughout her life.