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St. Macarius the Wonder-Worker

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Abbot and victim of persecution by Iconoclast heretics. He was born Christopher at Constantinople. and became a monk at Pelekete Monastery, taking the name Macanus. Elected abbot, he was called the Wonder-Worker because of his prodigious miracles. Two Iconoclast emperors of Constantinople exiled him. Emperor Leo V banished him for a time and then Emperor Michael II sent him to Aphusia Island on the coast of Bythinia, where he died on August 18.

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