Cyril of Jerusalem (Early Church Fathers) by E. Yarnold S.J.

By E. Yarnold S.J.

Cyril was once bishop in Jerusalem from c350-351 advert until eventually 386 advert. His writings are a major resource for the heritage of early Christian doctrine. This e-book offers complete English translations, with explanatory remark, of his most vital works. The advent covers Cyril's existence; his historic and archaeological context; his theology; and modern doctrine and perform. it will be crucial analyzing for college students and students of patristics, and people learning the heritage of the early Church and past due antiquity.

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So after reading the Gospel, the bishop goes out and is escorted with psalms to the Cross, and all the people go with him. There once more a psalm is recited and a prayer said; again he blesses the Faithful, and the dismissal takes place. 29 Thereupon the bishop retires to his house, and from that time all the monks return to the Anastasis, and psalms and antiphons are recited until it is daylight; with each psalm or antiphon a prayer is said. For every day the priests and the deacons take turns in watching at the Anastasis with the people.

1–2) 40 LITURGY EUCHARIST Since catechumens regularly attended the first part of the Eucharist, departing after the readings, homily and intercessions, Cyril’s description begins at the point which was unfamiliar to them, namely the celebrant’s washing of his hands, apparently to the accompaniment of Psalm 25 (26) (‘I shall wash my hands among the innocent’) and the kiss of peace. Cyril’s reference to the command to be reconciled before making an offering suggests that the Offertory followed. 4–6).

Already in Cat. 3 the roles of the Persons are not clearly distinguished. Do not regard the font as ordinary water (me hos hudati litoi proseche toi loutroi), but regard the spiritual grace which is given with the water. For just as the offerings on [pagan] altars are ordinary (lita) by nature, but become contaminated by the invocation of idols, so by contrast 29 INTRODUCTION after the ordinary (liton) water has received the invocation of the Holy Spirit and Christ and the Father, it acquires the power of holiness.

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