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Feastday: January 15

Birth: 300

Death: 391

Egyptian hermit also called "Macarius of Egypt" or "the Elder." He was born in Upper Egypt, and went to the desert of Skete, where he was falsely accused of assaulting a woman, but was proven innocent. He was ordained and served as a counselor for thousands. An enemy of Arianism, Macanus was exiled to a small island in the Nile with Macarus the Younger by Lucius of Alexandria. a heretic of the era. Eventually he returned to the desert, and Macanus, considered the pioneering hermit, spent six decades in the wilderness.

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