Emmelia, also known as Emilia or Emily, is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
Saint Emilia was the daughter of a martyr and the mother to Saint Basil the Great. She is noted for being a devoted wife and mother, serving as a testament to the love and devotion a woman has for her family.
Saint Emilia had ten children with her husband, the elder Basil: five sons and five daughters. She lived a life of faith and taught her children to have the same dedication and devotion.
She devoted her life to her children, instilling faith at a young age, and became a strong mother, a true leader to them. She practiced what she preached and taught her children to do the same.
Saint Emilia shines brightly as a beautiful example of a mother's dedication and devotion to her children.
Five of their children grew up to become Saints also, so she’s often referred to as the “Mother of Saints.”
Saint Basil the Great became an East Roman Bishop who became a powerful advocate for the Nicene position.
Macrina was an exemplar of ascetic life, and she exerted a strong influence on the life and character of Saint Basil.
Gregory of Nyssa, also known as Gregory Nyssen, was an erudite theologian who made significant contributions to the doctrine of the Trinity and the Nicene Creed.
Peter, Bishop of Sebaste, assisted his sister and his mother in establishing their monastic community after his father's death.
Theosebia, the deaconess, is thought to have played an important part in the church in Nyssa, where she was called diakonissa, the deaconess or wife of a deacon.
After her husband's death, Emilia spent most of her later years with her daughter, Macrina, in a life dedicated to Christianity, surrounded by servants whom they treated as equals.
They attracted a following of women and created a convent-like atmosphere, where one was considered rich if she lived a pure and devout Christian life and disregarded the materialistic lure of earthly pleasures and possessions.
Emilia's son, Peter, assisted in their efforts to establish their monastic community and became involved with the gradual transformation of her household to a cenobitic community of both women and men. He headed the male monastery while Macrina supervised the women.
When Emilia's last days became evident, Peter and Macrina tended to their mother until her death. They both had a special place in her heart, as they were the oldest and youngest of her children.
Saint Emilia was buried beside her husband in the chapel at their estate in Annesi. Her feast day is on May 30th of each year.