Above: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
Image Source = Library of Congress
SAINT MACARIUS OF JERUSALEM (DIED CIRCA 335)
Roman Catholic Bishop of Jerusalem
St. Marcarius became Bishop of Jerusalem in 314. He opposed Arianism, signing the decrees of the First Council of Nicea (325). Emperor Constantine I “the Great” commissioned St. Macarius to build the Church of the Holy Sepulchre over the sites of Christ’s crucifixion and burial. The saint supervised supervision of the church yet did not live to see the building’s dedication in September 13, 335. Evidence indicates that the saint died early in the year.
The dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre gives Western Christianity the Feast of the Holy Cross, (September 14).
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
DECEMBER 13, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ELLA J. BAKER, WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
THE FEAST OF SAINT LUCY OF SYRACUSE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR
your Holy Spirit gives to one the word of knowledge,
and to another the insight of wisdom,
and to another the steadfastness of faith.
We praise you for the gifts of grace imparted to your servant Saint Macarius of Jerusalem,
and we pray that by his teaching
we may be led to a fuller knowledge of the truth we have seen
in your Son Jesus, our Savior and Lord,
who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 61
Revised on December 24, 2016