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The Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril

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St. Cyril’s life of some 70 years, placed in the very center of the fourth century, epitomizes much that was characteristic of both Jerusalem and the century. Bishop of Jerusalem for nearly 40 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. This volume contains Cyril’s 23 Catechetical Lectures. They are written in an informal tone in contrast to the rigid and scientific tone similar lectures often took. They resonate with pastoral love and warmth and are filled with scripture. Cyril’s lectures are an excellent model of early Christian instruction and liturgy.

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  • St. Cyril’s 23 Catechetical Lectures
  • Model of early Christian instruction and liturgy

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“Unless a man receive Baptism, he hath not salvation; except Martyrs alone, who even without the water, receive the kingdom.” (Page 30)

“Let us not then be ashamed of the Cross of Christ; but though another hide it, do thou openly seal it on thy brow” (Page 40)

“the course of godliness is made up of these two; pious doctrines, and good works” (Page 35)

“when thou forgettest God, forthwith thou beginnest to devise wickedness, and to accomplish unrighteousness.” (Page 15)

“in times of peace men should be baptized with water, in times of persecution with their own blood.” (Page 30)

  • Title: The Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril
  • Author: Cyril of Jerusalem
  • Translator: R. W. Church
  • Series: A Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publisher: John Henry Parker
  • Publication Date: 1838
  • Pages: 425

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.


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