Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Cyril of Alexandria

Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) was Patriarch of Alexandria, and a leading protagonist in the Christological controversies of the period that led to the condemnation of Nestorius and his followers. His is counted among the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and wrote a number of commentaries on both the Old and New Testaments, and a number of documents defending his Christology. He is mainly remembered for his teaching that Mary is the Mother of God. Controversy surrounds his involvement in the expulsion of Jews from Alexandria, and the murder of the pagan philosopher Hypatia.

Collect 

O God, who didst strengthen thy blessed Confessor and Bishop Saint Cyril,
invincibly to maintain the divine motherhood of the blessed Virgin Mary :
vouchsafe that at his intercession we, believing her to be indeed the Mother of God ;
may as her children rejoice in her protection.
Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
ever one God, world without end.

Amen.

Further Reading: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_of_Alexandria

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