The Macarian Homilies on the Heart

Today is the feast day for St. Macarius of Egypt, St. Macarius of Alexandria, and St. Mark of Ephesus. St. Mark of Ephesus is well known. St. Macarius of Alexandria was a 4th century Egyptian monk, a slightly younger contemporary of St. Macarius of Egypt, who is traditionally considered the author of the Macarian homilies. Scholars now doubt this authorship and generally refer to the author as ‘Pseudo-Macarius,’ whom they generally believe to have had close contact with the Cappadocians, St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa.

The heart itself is but a small vessel, yet dragons are there, and there are also lions; there are poisonous beasts and all the treasures of evil. But there too is God, the angels, the life and the kingdom, the light and the apostles, the heavenly cities and the treasuries of grace—all things are there (Homilies, 43.7).

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