Category Archives: Cyril of Alexandria

“He freely submitted the temple of His body not only to death, but to everything that accompanies it, to the laying out of His body and its burial in a tomb”

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen clothes with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. At the place where He had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new tomb … Continue reading

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“When therefore we eat the holy flesh of Christ, the Savior of us all, and drink His precious blood, we have life in us, being made as it were, one with Him, and abiding in Him, and possessing Him also in us”

Luke 22:17-22. And He took a cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it with one another, for I say to you, that I will not drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom … Continue reading

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“For everywhere He is set forth, by means of shadows and types, both as slain for us, as the Lamb without blame and true; and as sanctifying us by His life-giving blood”

Luke 22:7-16. Then came the day of unleavened bread, on which it was fitting for the passover to be sacrificed. And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare for us the passover, that we may eat.” And they … Continue reading

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Orthodox First Sunday of Lent

St Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John 1:43-51 43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee; and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, “Follow Me.” Likeminded with those preceding was Philip, and very ready to follow Christ. For … Continue reading

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“Christ is a human being like ourselves, and this has made us one body with him, the body being the bond that unites us”

As the firstfruits of our renewed humanity, Christ escaped the curse of the law precisely by becoming accursed for our sake. He overcame the forces of corruption by himself becoming once more “free among the dead.” He trampled death under … Continue reading

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“The Father is glorified in the Son as in an image and type of his own form, for the beauty of the archetype is seen in its image”

When the Savior declares that he has made known the name of God the Father, it is the same as saying that he has shown the whole world his glory. How did he do this? By making himself known through … Continue reading

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“Death swallowed the Lamb who was sacrificed for all, and then disgorging him disgorged all of us in him and with him”

“When he saw Jesus coming toward him John said: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’” (Jn 1:29). No longer does he say: Prepare. That would be out of place now that at last … Continue reading

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The One Incarnate Nature of Christ

“We say that there is one Son, and that he has one nature even when he is considered as having assumed flesh endowed with a rational soul” (On the Unity of Christ, p. 77; my emphasis). We first note the … Continue reading

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