Commemorated on December 21
In the second half of the 10th century King Davit Kuropalates
constructed the Khakhuli Church in southern Georgia. He also founded
Khakhuli Monastery, which in later centuries would become a center of
spirituality, science, and education. Today this monastery is located on
Turkish territory, but the grace of the ascetic labors of the fathers
who labored there in the past pours forth hope upon the Georgian people
to this day.
Many holy and wonder-working fathers labored at
Khakhuli Monastery, including Saint Basil the son of King Bagrat III,
the brothers George and Saba of Khakhuli, Saint Hilarion of Tvali and
many other God-fearing ascetics, whose righteousness and spiritual feats
were guided by the holy abbot Macarius.
Fr. Macarius was a great
ascetic, teacher, and prophet. Novices and wise, experienced elders
alike flocked to him for advice and blessings. The young monk George,
later the great ascetic George of the Holy Mountain, was brought to
Saint Macarius to receive his blessing. Saint Macarius called George his
By the grace of God, Saint Macarius reconciled
his responsibilities as abbot of the monastery with the great spiritual
labor of solitude. He earned the title “the Faster” for his exceptional
ascesis in fasting and prayer. It is said that, as abbot of Khakhuli
Monastery, “he shone like the morning sunrise and guided the spiritual
activity and secular life of the entire Tao-Klarjeti region.”
Saint Macarius reposed around the year 1034.
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