Akathist Hymn to Saint Macrina the Younger

Kontakion 1

Thou, O God, dost not banish those who seek thee, nor forsake those who sing praises unto thee, but Thou hast mercy upon the humble of heart. Thou didst lift up thy handmaid, Saint Macrina, that she might rejoice in salvation through Thy Son, Jesus Christ, and hence we cry out:

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Ikos 1

Saint Macrina, daughter and granddaughter of holy women, thou camest from a Christian lineage which thou didst not deny. Yea, thou didst serve as a holy light unto thy siblings as well as thy servants, and now the entire Church honors thee and we implore thy help in all things:

Rejoice, thou glorious star upon the seekers of God.

Rejoice, for thou shewest the path of spirituality for all to see.

Rejoice, thou splendid candle amongst the followers of Christ.

Rejoice, for thou delightest in everyone who repents of sin.

Rejoice, thou daughter of the Christian virtues.

Rejoice, for thou strengthenest those who serve the Church.

Rejoice, thou sister of the hidden in prayer.

Rejoice, for thou lovest those who live as temples of the Holy Spirit.

Rejoice, thou praiseworthy ascetic in the company of All Saints.

Rejoice, for thou keepest watch over true believers on earth.

Rejoice, thou admirable nun risen to a mansion in Heaven.

Rejoice, for thou givest refuge to disciples in but not of this world.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 2

Thy grandmother, known as Saint Macrina the Elder, was a devout woman who did heed the words of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus. He was the bishop of Neocaesarea , and thy grandmother did impart his teachings to all her grandchildren that they might love God and say: Alleluia.

Ikos 2

Thy grandparents survived persecution by hiding in the forest for several years. They suffered hardship and losses, but grew in faith and gave thanks for the Cross of Christ and for their posterity. Saint Macrina, we implore thee to guide us through the forests of this temporal life:

Rejoice, for thou didst listen intently to thy wise grandmother.

Rejoice, for she did direct thee to the Life-Giving Cross with love.

Rejoice, for thou didst inherit riches from the holy Bishop Gregory.

Rejoice, for he did teach thy grandmother who also did teach thee.

Rejoice, for thou wast immersed in a heritage of truth and goodness.

Rejoice, for thy predecessors were fruitful in the ways of righteousness.

Rejoice, for thou wast surrounded by the faithful of the Church.

Rejoice, for thy early years were established in prayer and worship.

Rejoice, for thou didst always attend to things divine.

Rejoice, for thy heart did belong to Christ completely.

Rejoice, for thou didst constantly think on life eternal.

Rejoice, for thy soul did glorify God for His mighty works.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 3

Thy mother, known as Saint Emilia of Caesarea, did name thee after her mother-in-law and thy grandmother. Thou art therefore known as Saint Macrina the Younger, for thou didst not stray from the holy teachings of the Church nor the worthy family traditions, but didst say: Alleluia.

Ikos 3

Saint Macrina, thy caring mother did also see to thy reading and writing by teaching thee from the Scriptures and Psalms. She did also prepare thee for an industrious life by training thee in the skills and virtues of handiwork, attentiveness and modesty. We therefore honor thy holy formation:

Rejoice, for we are inspired to raise children in Godliness.

Rejoice, for our families are affirmed by thy sacred upbringing.

Rejoice, for we are encouraged to pray together at home.

Rejoice, for our faith is increased by thy wholesome demeanor.

Rejoice, for we are reinforced in our beliefs and practices.

Rejoice, for our fortunes are Heavenly and not worldly.

Rejoice, for we are blessed in our inward life of prayer.

Rejoice, for our spirituality is biblical and not imaginary.

Rejoice, for we are committed to doing the will of God.

Rejoice, for our achievements are derived from pleasing Him.

Rejoice, for we are dedicated to living in truth and goodness.

Rejoice, for our solidarity is fruitful through grace from above.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 4

Saint Macrina, thy mother did bear ten children, and five are known as saints of the Holy Church, including thyself. The others are Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Peter of Sebaste, and Saint Theosebia the Deaconess, all of whom joyfully said: Alleluia.

Ikos 4

May thy mother and grandmother be praised for their faith in God and excellence at home, and for their knowledge of the Church and their purity in all relationships. Whereupon, Saint Macrina, we praise thee and thy holy siblings for thy fruitfulness which has endured to this day:

Rejoice, granddaughter who did comfort her aged grandmother.

Rejoice, daughter who did assist her beloved mother in daily tasks.

Rejoice, sister who did not banish her siblings but nurture them.

Rejoice, maiden who did not forsake her family but uphold them.

Rejoice, companion of those who pray continuously.

Rejoice, guardian of those who speak truthfully.

Rejoice, patron of those who worship faithfully.

Rejoice, beacon of those who live abundantly.

Rejoice, saint of the undivided Church.

Rejoice, member of the Body of Christ.

Rejoice, beneficiary of the righteous men and women of olden days.

Rejoice, advocate of the ancient faith and eternal truth.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 5

Thou, O God, knowest the repentant and discernest the humble of heart. Thou dost  not cast the contrite into oblivion, but Thou sendest helpers according to Thy great mercy and mysterious ways. We henceforth thank Thee for Saint Macrina as we continue our journey and say: Alleluia.

Ikos 5

Saint Macrina, zealous disciple of Christ, thou didst honor thy parents and grandparents, thou didst relate to thy siblings as equals and yet thou wast a caretaker, and thou didst treat the household servants as images of God. Thou didst pray devotedly and thou didst manage all things cheerfully:

Rejoice, thou disciple of prayer at the feet of Jesus.

Rejoice, for thou wast like unto Mary of Bethany.

Rejoice, thou caretaker of family and household duties.

Rejoice, for thou wast like unto Mary’s sister, Martha.

Rejoice, thou vigorous Christian filled with love and kindness.

Rejoice, for thou goest forth such as Lazarus from the grave.

Rejoice, thou humble saint bringing hope and encouragement.

Rejoice, for thou beholdest light such as Tabitha from the gloom.

Rejoice, thou greeter of Christ in all events of thy life.

Rejoice, for thou givest thanks with Simeon the God-receiver.

Rejoice, thou witness of Christ as the meaning of thy being.

Rejoice, for thou endurest to the end with Anna the Prophetess.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 6

Thy parents wanted thee to marry and they chose a suitable young man for thee, even though thou didst prefer to dedicate thy whole life unto prayer. Thereupon, Saint Macrina, thou didst pray for the will of God to be done, for no turn of events could prevent thee from saying: Alleluia.

Ikos 6

As it happened, the young man did depart this life and then many others wished to marry thee, for thou didst possess outward and inward beauty. Yet, thou didst remain loyal to the memory of thine intended husband. Saint Macrina, thou didst indeed fulfill the will of God in all things:

Rejoice, for thou wast a true child of God our Father.

Rejoice, for He did prepare a straight path through the forest for thee.

Rejoice, for thou wast a firm disciple of Christ our Savior.

Rejoice, for He did shew the clear skies of constant prayer to thee.

Rejoice, for thou didst give thanks for salvation and abundance.

Rejoice, for thy prayers poured forth for the Church.

Rejoice, for thou didst give praise for mercy and fruitfulness.

Rejoice, for thy petitions spread out for all mankind.

Rejoice, for thou art counted amongst the saints in Heaven.

Rejoice, for thy works pleased the Holy Trinity.

Rejoice, for thou art beloved throughout the earth.

Rejoice, for thy ways inspired both men and women.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 7

One of thy brothers, known as Saint Basil the Great, was influenced by thy dedication to Jesus Christ and the Church. Yea, Saint Basil did become the Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and he did serve as a holy father of the Church which thou didst love with all thy soul, saying: Alleluia.

Ikos 7

Saint Macrina, thy love for thy siblings was familial and spiritual, for thou didst foremost desire the salvation of their souls. Thou wast a sister in Christ, for thou didst belong to the true family of Christ, and thou didst wish to be united in Heaven with all thy brothers and sisters on earth:

Rejoice, for we are commanded to love one another.

Rejoice, for our discipleship is marked by a loving disposition.

Rejoice, for we are sent to our families and to the world.

Rejoice, for our toil is for the illumination and unity of all.

Rejoice, for we are baptized into the one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

Rejoice, for our hope is in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Rejoice, for we cannot be exiled from spiritual love.

Rejoice, for our faith is combined with daily integrity.

Rejoice, for we bring forth the fruits of repentance.

Rejoice, for our works are infused with truth and goodness.

Rejoice, for we receive grace from above.

Rejoice, for our poverty is enriched to overflowing.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 8

Saint Macrina, we see that Saint Basil the Great did compose a Liturgy which is celebrated on the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ: the day on which Saint Basil did depart this life.  Let us praise God for this holy man of profound knowledge and heartfelt prayer, for we say: Alleluia.

Ikos 8

May thy brother always be remembered for his words of truth, especially teaching that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son, and for his monastic labors and his care of the needy. Saint Macrina, thy life was fragrant with far-reaching and everlasting benefits:

Rejoice, sister who did love her siblings in purity of heart.

Rejoice, lady who did oversee practical and spiritual matters.

Rejoice, attendant who did seek the Kingdom before all things.

Rejoice, provider who did give bread and words as nourishment.

Rejoice, support of those who serve unselfishly.

Rejoice, stability of those who give generously.

Rejoice, affirmation of those who speak courageously.

Rejoice, jubilation of those who teach fearlessly.

Rejoice, worshipper of the Holy Trinity.

Rejoice, glorifier of the Father Almighty.

Rejoice, exalter of the Son, Jesus Christ.

Rejoice, magnifier of the Holy Spirit.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 9

Thou, O God, hast given us helpers and hast established a timeline of saints for our edification and comfort. We therefore praise Thee from the forests and in the churches, with faith and thanksgiving, as we turn to the amazing Saint Macrina and say: Alleluia.

Ikos 9

Saint Macrina, we likewise stand in awe of thy brother, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, who did proclaim the ever-virginity of the Mother of God. Saint Gregory was also involved in finishing the Nicene Creed, or Symbol of Faith, which expresses the beliefs which we hold dear as Christians:

Rejoice, thou unwavering believer in the one God, the Father Almighty.

Rejoice, for thou understandest rightly the Scriptures.

Rejoice, thou unfaltering witness of the Savior, the God-Man and Light of Light, the Lord and King, Jesus Christ.

Rejoice, for thou upholdest the Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Rejoice, thou untiring supplicant to the Ever-Virgin Mary, for she was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and therein God becameth man.

Rejoice, for thou upliftest the doctrines of the Holy Church.

Rejoice, thou marvelous woman of spirituality.

Rejoice, for thou gatherest believers in truth and goodness.

Rejoice, thou merciful sister of prayer.

Rejoice, for thou goest before us and preparest a path.

Rejoice, thou meek contributor to the Kingdom without end.

Rejoice, for thou givest blessings unto the needy on earth.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 10

Thou camest from a large family, Saint Macrina, from a holy domestic church, and thy sister, known as Saint Theosebia the Deaconess, did help the beggars and orphans. She also did stay with Saint Gregory of Nyssa when he was in exile, and they constantly said: Alleluia.

Ikos 10

Another brother, known as Saint Peter of Sebaste, was also influenced by thy tender care and righteous words. Saint Peter was ordained by Saint Basil the Great, and he did attend the Second Ecumenical Council. Thus, we acknowledge thee and thy siblings as saints of the Church:

Rejoice, for thou wast of a lineage of Christians.

Rejoice, for thy thoughts were Godward.

Rejoice, for thou wast of a household of devotion.

Rejoice, for thy feelings were Heavenward.

Rejoice, for thou didst imprint lovingkindness within thy siblings.

Rejoice, for thy doings were on behalf of the whole family.

Rejoice, for thou didst worship together as a little church.

Rejoice, for thy prayers were for salvation and fruitfulness.

Rejoice, for thou wast a blessing to everyone on thy path.

Rejoice, for thy conscience was glorious.

Rejoice, for thou wast a builder of generations to come.

Rejoice, for thy righteousness was sublime.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 11

Thy mother did outlive thy father and, after all the children had grown up, thou and thy mother entered a monastery. Yea, thy love of God  was fulfilled in total renunciation of the world and dedication to prayer. Thou didst place thyself upon the Life-Giving Cross and say: Alleluia.

Ikos 11

Saint Macrina, thou holy nun, thou didst live the life of work and prayer amongst the sisters, cheerfully accepting the will of God and abiding in Christ with utmost commitment. Thou didst pursue truth and goodness, wisdom and purity, and thou didst thank God for all His ways:

Rejoice, for we thank God for His provision in these harsh times.

Rejoice, for our faith is in the Almighty Who maketh all things possible.

Rejoice, for we renounce our impure passions and desires.

Rejoice, for our sinful burdens are removed by Jesus Christ.

Rejoice, for we endeavor not to grieve the Holy Spirit.

Rejoice, for our works are infused with Life-Giving Life.

Rejoice, for we give all tribute to the Holy Trinity.

Rejoice, for our worship is unto the ages of ages.

Rejoice, for we cry out to the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Rejoice, for our needs are known even before we pray.

Rejoice, for we turn to the saints for daily guidance.

Rejoice, for our hope is to be united in Heaven eternally.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 12

Saint Macrina, thou didst always live in the midst of others, whether with thy parents and siblings or with the nuns in the monastery. Thou didst love God from thy childhood, thou didst understand holy doctrine, and thy words and deeds gave nourishment so that everyone might say: Alleluia.

Ikos 12

May thy feast day be celebrated by all the faithful, and may thine example of holiness be forever an inspiration to those in but not of this world. May families as well as monastics see a path through the forest, and may the clear skies of prayer be opened to the humble of heart:

Rejoice, daughter who did extend love to those beyond her home.

Rejoice, nun who did regard each person as her brother or sister.

Rejoice, faithful one who did partake in the plan of God on earth.

Rejoice, humble one who did see the beauty of God in everyone.

Rejoice, gatherer of those who flee from worldliness.

Rejoice, watcher of those who give of their resources.

Rejoice, finder of those who want truth and goodness.

Rejoice, keeper of those who perceive righteousness.

Rejoice, forsaker of self-indulgence.

Rejoice, deserter of self-importance.

Rejoice, renouncer of greediness.

Rejoice, rejecter of prejudice.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Kontakion 13

Saint Macrina, thou art a brilliant light in these dark times, for thou didst shine in both the family and monastic callings. Thou helpest fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, scholars and the aged, bishops and priests, and all who ask of thee. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

(Repeat Kontakion 13 three times.)

Kontakion 1 (repeated)

Thou, O God, dost not banish those who seek thee, nor forsake those who sing praises unto thee, but Thou hast mercy upon the humble of heart. Thou didst lift up thy handmaid, Saint Macrina, that she might rejoice in salvation through Thy Son, Jesus Christ, and hence we cry out:

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

Ikos 1 (repeated)

Saint Macrina, daughter and granddaughter of holy women, thou camest from a Christian lineage which thou didst not deny. Yea, thou didst serve as a holy light unto thy siblings as well as thy servants, and now the entire Church honors thee and we implore thy help in all things:

Rejoice, thou glorious star upon the seekers of God.

Rejoice, for thou shewest the path of spirituality for all to see.

Rejoice, thou splendid candle amongst the followers of Christ.

Rejoice, for thou delightest in everyone who repents of sin.

Rejoice, thou daughter of the Christian virtues.

Rejoice, for thou strengthenest those who serve the Church.

Rejoice, thou sister of the hidden in prayer.

Rejoice, for thou lovest those who live as temples of the Holy Spirit.

Rejoice, thou praiseworthy ascetic in the company of All Saints.

Rejoice, for thou keepest watch over true believers on earth.

Rejoice, thou admirable nun risen to a mansion in Heaven.

Rejoice, for thou givest refuge to disciples in but not of this world.

Rejoice, Saint Macrina, for nothing in this world could separate thee from the love of Christ our Savior.

A Prayer

Hear us, Saint Macrina, for each one of us hath a need or affliction which we cannot resolve on our own. In recognition of thy holiness, we ask in humility for thy merciful help. We honor thee and pursue righteousness, and we desire to be united with thee in the Kingdom without end.

Therefore, look upon us as a brother or sister, a mother or grandmother, a father or grandfather, or even as a vagrant at thy doorstep. For, thou wouldst have pity upon the needy and not condemnation. Yea, thou wouldst give a cup of cool water and the riches of truth to anyone who asketh of thee. And, beyond asking, thou wouldst seek the unlovable and nourish them. Thou wouldst detect even a spark of the image of God still vibrant within them and bring about fruitfulness.

Saint Macrina, be that sister for whom we long, that holy sister who will oversee our comings and goings and who will foremost guide us into eternity. Come to the aid of parents and children, of the elderly who have few choices or resources, and of the monks and nuns who continue in the life of prayer in these confusing times.

We beseech thee to teach as thou wast taught, provide for us and heal us as thou hast done for others, and direct us on the path of righteousness for the sake of the Kingdom and in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

[The Liturgy of Saint Basil is celebrated on the Sundays of Great Lent, Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday, the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ (which is also Saint Basil’s Feast Day), the Nativity of Christ, and Theophany.]

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