Friday, 10 March 2017

Saint Macarius of Jerusalem

The Finding of the True Cross (Giandomenico Tiepolo), where Bishop Macarius blesses the sick with the True Cross
The 10th of March is the feast day of Saint Macarius of Jerusalem.

Saint Macarius of Jerusalem was Bishop of Jerusalem between 312 and 335 AD. He participated in the Council of Nicea in 325 AD and was a strong opponent to the Arian heresy. He is credited as one of the bishops who helped wrote the Nicene Creed. He and Saint Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine, went in search of the True Cross, which Jesus was crucified on. He suggested that they could identify the True Cross by using it to touch a seriously ill woman and see if it brought immediate healing. Constantine then wrote to Bishop Macarius asking him to oversee the construction of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre for the sites of the Crucifixion and the Burial of Christ. This church still exists today in Jerusalem. 

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