Today, the church calendar observes Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, Teacher of the Faith. Born in about the year 315, probably in Caesarea, Cyril became Bishop of Jerusalem when he was about thirty-four years old. There he nurtured both the resident Christian population and the many pilgrims, following the end of the era of persecution, who were beginning to make their way from all over Christendom to the places associated with Christ. It was Cyril whose teaching shaped the observance of Holy Week and Easter which is the foundation of Christian practice to this day, and which we will look forward to sharing together in a couple of weeks time. Cyril also taught the faith in line with the orthodoxy of the Council of Nicæa and the credal statement that became associated with it. Though he found difficulty with the word in that creed which described Jesus as being ‘of one substance with the Father’, nevertheless he took the side of the Nicene Party against the Arians, who denied the divinity of Christ.
And so, on this his day, we celebrate… (altogether now): Nicene one Cyril!! (I’ll get my coat..!)
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