St. Emilia (375), mother of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa

Commemorated on May 8

She bore nine children, and imparted her Christian faith so effectively that five of them are counted as Saints of the Church: Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Peter of Sebaste, Macrina and Theosevia. In her old age she founded a monastery, and lived in it with her daughter Macrina until her repose.

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