UNBORN WORD of the day


“God imbued with our likeness”* St. Cyril of Alexandria
June 26, 2007, 9:49 pm
Filed under: Fathers of the Church

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Today June 27 is the Feast day of St. Cyril of Alexandria

St. Cyril of Alexandria was an eloquent and outspoken defender of Mary as the Mother of God at the Council of Ephesus in 431. At one time He wrote “That anyone could doubt the right of the Holy Virgin to be called Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God and she gave birth to him.”

Below are some excerpts from a famous homily (Homily 4) delivered by St. Cyril when he was presiding over the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D.:

“Hail Mary, seat of Him who in no place can be contained. In your womb you contained the Only Begotten Word of God…”

“Hail Mary, Mother of God, for whom John, yet still in his natural womb, jumped for joy and adored the luminary of eternal light.”

“Hail to You, who in your holy and virginal womb have enclosed the Immense and the Incomprehensible.”

*We took our heading for today’s post from the following quote from Cyril:

“Christ, as I have said, was also God in his humanity, permitting human nature to use its laws while nonetheless conserving also the purity of divinity. For in this way and in no other is God to be understood both what was born by nature, and those things which the virgin mother produced not only of flesh and blood in the same way that other mothers do, but (the flesh and blood) of the Lord and of God imbued with our likeness.” Paschal Homilies, No. 17:2 MG 77, 776


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