PROLOGUE TO THE CATECHETICAL LECTURES OF OUR HOLY FATHER, CYRIL, ARCHBISHOP OF JERUSALEM. 1. ALREADY there is an odour of. The famous Catechetical Lectures of Cyril, archbishop of Jerusalem, are a series of 23 addresses St. Cyril gave in the fourth century to new believers preparing. The Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem [St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Paul A. Boer Sr.] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. St. Cyril of.
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This Jesus Christ who is gone up shall come again, not from earth but from heaven: Adam, God’s first- formed man, transgressed: He was justified not only by works, but also by faith: Though in modern times the authenticity of the Letter has been questioned, on the grounds that the word homoousios occurs in the final blessing, many scholars believe this may be a later interpolation, and accept the letter’s authenticity on the grounds of other pieces of internal evidence.
He hath crowned me with a garland as a bridegroom, and decked me with ornaments as a bride: If thou find any one saying to thee, Art thou then going in, to descend into the water?
The segment of the Catechesis really reflects the voice Cyril maintained in all of his writing. And take ye good heed to your own souls, for ye saw no similitude. Rejoice, ye heavens, and let the earth be glad, for those who are to be sprinkled with hyssop, and cleansed with the spiritual hyssop, the power of Him to whom at His Passion drink was offered on hyssop and a reed.
Come with me now to the other class, those who were saved by repentance. And how the tongue ministers to two purposes, the sense of taste, and the power of speech? Forsake things present, and put thy trust in things to come. If after being crucified and lecturees He had remained in the tomb, we should have had cause to be ashamed; but, in fact, He who was crucified on Golgotha here, has ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives on the East.
His body was wet from the dew; because after seeing the fire quenched by the dew he believed not. Yet even of this Baptism can purify. Hast thou not heard out of the Scriptures that he was bloodthirsty, fierce, lion-like in disposition? Enrolled henceforth in the Angelic books for thy profession of chastity, see that thou be not blotted out again for thy practice of fornication.
Paul also is witness, saying, Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor the rest, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
CATECHETICAL LECTURES I
Thou hast many enemies; take to thee many darts, for thou hast many to hurl them at: Then may the gate of Paradise be opened to every man and every woman among you. Peter was a man like ourselves, cyil up of flesh and blood, and living upon like food. These be thy gods, O Israel, they said: Lectjres writings are filled with the loving and forgiving nature of God which was somewhat uncommon during his time period.
Though his theology was at first somewhat indefinite in phraseology, he undoubtedly gave a thorough adhesion to the Nicene Orthodoxy. And if ever thou hear any of the heretics speaking evil of the Law or the Prophets, answer in the sound of the Saviour’s voice, saying, Jesus came not to destroy the Law, but to fulfil it. Run time 2 hrs. Witchcraft, and enchantment, and the wicked practices of necromancy, admit not even to a hearing.
Attend not to the lips of the talker, but to God who worketh in thee. Catdchetical saints Virtuous pagan. It is not I that say this, but the Apostle Paul hath said, Know ye not, that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you?
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees, Every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Render thy way of life henceforth unblameable; for God is truly loving unto man, nor can all jwrusalem worthily tell out His loving kindness; nay, not if all the tongues of men unite together will they be able even so to declare any considerable part of His loving-kindness.
Let there be no Simon among you, no hypocrisy, no idle curiosity about the matter. And how the smell is able to distinguish scents, and to perceive exhalations?
Not only did he go willingly but throughout the process he maintained his faith and forgave all those who betrayed him and engaged in his execution. For we explain not what God is but candidly confess that we have not exact knowledge concerning Him. And of this faith it is said, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed. If the fashion of thy soul is avarice, put on another fashion and come in. Be of good courage, O Jerusalem; the Lord will take away all thine iniquities.
Catechetical Lectures, Part 1
Hear another Scripture saying, God is faithful and just. What is the salvation for such perdition?
For by it the elders obtained a good report. If thou hast aught against any man, forgive it: If the Church is shut, and you are all inside, yet let there be a separation, men with men, and women with women: But may you all hear, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou wast faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things: For if He has but seven eyes surrounding Him in part, His seeing is therefore partial and not perfect: Thou too who ratainest thy chastity, wast thou not begotten of those who had married?
Perhaps thou knewest not whither thou wert coming, nor in what kind of net thou art taken. Or again, because I have entered into a great garden, and cannot lecturss all the supply of fruits, wouldst thou have me go away altogether hungry?
St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures
We have need therefore of divine grace, and of a sober mind, and of eyes that see, lest from eating tares as wheat we suffer harm from ignorance, and lest from jerusslem the wolf to be a sheep we become his prey, and from supposing the destroying Devil cafechetical be a beneficent Angel we be devoured: But David the king was not indignant, for he regarded not the speaker, but God who had sent him.
And because he candidly confessed, he received a most speedy cure. Thou seest the swift relenting of a merciful God.