Saint Macarius the Younger – Feast Day – January 2

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Saint Macarius the Younger was born in the early 4th century in Egypt, Africa. He worked in Egypt and Died in Alexandria, Egypt. His feast Day is clebrated on January 2 every year.

Saint Macarius the Younger Biography
Date of Birth early 4th century
Country of Birth Egypt of Africa
Profession Fruit merchant
Place of Work Egypt of Africa
Date of Death N/A
Place of Death Alexandria, Egypt
Feast Day January 1
Beatification Beatified by Pre congregation
Canonization Canonized by Pre congregation
Patron Saint of Confectioners
Pastry chefs

Saint Macarius the Younger Life History

Saint Macarius the Younger was born about 300 A.D in Alexandria. He was a merchant until the age of 40, where he was baptized and went off into the desert.

After several years of ascetic life, he was ordained and appointed prior of a monastery known as the (Kellii or cell) in the Egyptian desert between the Nitria mountain and a skete in which monastic hermits lived in silence, each in his own cell.

About the year 335, Macarius of Alexandria retired to live alone as a recluse in el-Natroun desert. Many miracles were ascribed to him. He presided over five thousand  Nitric monks.

St. Macarius disguised himself in secular clothing and over the course of the entire Quadragesima [the 40-day Great Lent] neither ate bread nor drank water. No one saw him eating or sitting down. He was making baskets of palm leaves while he was standing.

At the age of 73 Macarius of Alexandria was exiled by Emperor Valens, along with  Macarius of Egypt to an island, which they subsequently Christianized.

Saint Macarius the Younger Date of Birth

Saint Macarius the Younger was born in the early 4th century in Egypt, Africa.

Place of Birth

Saint Macarius the Younger was born in the early 4th century in Egypt, Africa.

Family Background

There are no data based on his family and parents but we are keeping tabs and we will update this information soon.


Successful merchant in fruits, candies, and pastries in Alexandria, Egypt. Converting to Christianity, Macarius gave up his business in 335 to become a monk and hermit in the Thebaid, Upper Egypt.

For a while he lived near and was a friend of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Macarius was a poet, healer, and friend to wild animals.

He was exiled by heretic Arians with Saint Macarius the Elder and other monks to an island in the Nile because of his orthodoxy, but he was later allowed to return. In later life he travelled to Lower Egypt, and was ordained, and lived in a desert cell with other monks.

He wrote a constitution for the monastery at Nitria named after him, and some of its rules were adopted by Saint Jerome for his monastery.

He once spent 20 days and 20 nights without sleep, burnt by the sun in the day, frozen by bitter desert cold cold at night. “My mind dried up because of lack of sleep, and I had a kind of delirium,” the hermit admitted. “So I gave in to nature and returned to my cell.”

Trying to get further from the world, and closer to God, Macarius moved to the desert of Nitria in Lower Egypt in 373. The journey was through a harsh land, at when Macarius was at the end of his strength, the devil appeared and asked, “Why not ask God for the food and strength to continue your journey?” Macarius answered, “The Lord is my strength and glory.

Do not tempt a servant of God.” The devil then gave him a vision of a camel laden with food. Macarius was about to eat, but suspected a trap, and so prayed over the camel; it vanished.

He spent six months naked in the marshes, beset constantly by viscious blood-sucking flies and mosquitoes, in the hope of destroying his last bit of sexual desire. The terrible conditions and attacking insects left him so deformed that when he returned to the monks, they could recognize him only by his voice.

Macarius returned to Skete and began to work on his worst vice – his love of travel. The devil appeared and suggested Macarius go to Rome and chase out the demons there.

Torn between travelling for such a good cause, but wishing to fight his vice, Macarius filled a large basket with sand, put it on his back, and set out. When someone offered to help him, he said, “Leave me alone! I am punishing my tormenter.

He wishes to lead me, old and weak as I am, on a distant and vain voyage.” He then returned to his cell, body broken with fatigue, but cured of his temptation.

In old age Macarius journeyed to a monastery where 1,400 hermits lived under the rigid rule of Saint Pachomius. Macarius was refused admittance. “You are too old to survive the great rigor we have here,” Pachomius told him. “One should be trained in it from childhood, or else one cannot stand it.

Your health would fail and you would curse us for harming you.” Macarius then stood at the abbey gate for seven days and nights – without sleep, without food, without saying a word.

Finally, the monks relented and he let him in. Macarius stood in a corner of the monastery in complete silence for all of Lent, living on a few cabbage leaves each Sunday “more to avoid ostentation, than from any real need.”

The monks became so jealous of this new brother that they took their complaint to Pachomius, who asked God for illumination. When he learned that the old man was Macarius, he went to him and said, “My brother, I thank you for the lesson you have given my sons.

It will prevent their boasting about their modest mortifications. You have edified us sufficiently. Return to your own monastery, and pray for us each day.”

Saint Macarius the Younger Date of Death

St Macarius the Younger died around 401 in Alexandria, Egypt of natural causes.

Saint Macarius the Younger Place of Death

St Macarius the Younger died around 401 in Alexandria, Egypt of natural causes.

Saint Macarius the Younger Feast Day

He is among the famous Saints whose feast Day is celebrated on January 2 every year.


St Macarius the Younger was beatified by Pre congregation and we will update this information soon.


He was canonized by Pre congregation and we will update this information soon.

Patron Saint of

St Macarius the Younger is the Patron Saint of confectioners, cooks and pastry chefs.

Saint’s Attributes

He is being attribute with flies, flies stinging a desert hermit, hermit with lamp, hermit with lantern, hermit leaning on a crutch in the form of a tau staff while conversing with a skull, monk with a bag of sand on the shoulders, monk with a lantern, monk with grapes and monk with wild animals around him.

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