Cyril’s life of some seventy years, placed in the very center of the fourth century, epitomizes much that was characteristic of the period and the locale. Bishop of Jerusalem for nearly forty years, he experienced three expulsions from his see, these due as much to politico-ecclesiastical rivalry as to his participation in the contemporary theological controversies, in which Cyril played an important and still disputed role. The present volume carries about half of the bishop’s most valuable production, a series of catechetical lectures for Lent and Easter week.
This volume includes the remaining six lectures for catechists and the five Mystogogical Lectures.
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Cyril of Jerusalem (313–386) Little is known of the circumstances of St. Cyril’s birth. He was ordained a deacon in 335 and a priest eight years later by St. Maximus. He succeeded Maximus as bishop of Jerusalem in 350. During his tenure as bishop he was expelled from his see three times. He died in 386 after holding the position for nearly 40 years. He was elevated to Doctor of the Church in 1883.