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Saint Macrina the Younger

Saint Macrina the Younger (330 - 379) was born at Caesarea, Cappadocia. Her parents were Basil and Elder Emmelia, and her grandmother was Saint Macrina the Elder. Her brothers were the Cappadocian Fathers, Basil the Great and Saint Gregory of Nyssa. She refused to marry and devoted herself to her religion, becoming a nun. In 379, Macrina died at her family's estate on the River Iris, in Pontus, and her brother Gregory composed a "Dialogue on the Soul and Resurrection" (peri psyches kai anastaseos), entitled ta Makrinia (P.G. XLVI, 12 sq.), to commemorate Macrina. Her feast day is the 19th of July.