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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

St. Cyril of Alexandria 444 AD

St. Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, fought with his pen and his eloquence against the Nestorians. He presided in the name of Pope Celestine at the great Council of Ephesus, where the heresy of Nestorius was condemned, and he successfully defended the truth concerning the Mother of God and our Savior in His twofold nature of God and Man. He died in 444.” (1962 Roman Missal)

     Today the Catholic Church celebrates the heroic virtue of Saint Cyril of Alexandria from the fifth century. He was a bishop at the Council of Ephesus that proclaimed dogmatically that Mary was indeed the mother of God. This was done not to exalt the blessed mother, but to further promote the correct nature of who Jesus is, both God and man joined together in the hypostatic union. Not only did his persuasive arguments at the Council of Ephesus lead to the death knell for the Nestorian heresy, but he was also a staunch defender of the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist.
     Below we see a letter approved by the Council of Ephesus that proves  that the early Church taught that communion was indeed a sacrifice and was the very flesh of Jesus. There is no possibility that the Church taught a symbolic view of the Eucharist from these statements as Protestant Early Church Theologian JD Kelly attests.

  Letter to Nestorius approved by Council referencing the True Presence:

 "Proclaiming the death according to the flesh of the only begotten Son of GOD, that is JESUS CHRIST, and confessing His resurrection from the dead and ascent into Heaven, we celebrate the bloodless sacrifice in our churches; and thus approach the mystic blessings, and are sanctified by partaking of the holy flesh and the precious blood of Christ the Savior of us all. And we receive it, not as common flesh (GOD forbid), nor as the flesh of a man sanctified and associated with the Word according to the unity of merit, or as having a divine indwelling, but as really the life-giving and very flesh of the Word Himself."

 Letter to Calosyrius, Bishop of Arsinoë, referencing the True Presence: 

 "I hear that they say that the sacramental consecration does not avail for hallowing if a portion of it be kept to another day. In saying so they are crazy. For Christ is not altered, nor will His holy body be changed; but by the power of the consecration the life-giving grace still remain in it."


Blogger Paul Edenfield said...

Death knell for the Nestorian heresy? Though condemned in the Greek East, Nestorianism spread throughout central Asia over the centuries as far as China and India and, though decimated by Muslim persecutions, survives as the "Church of the East" today.

January 24, 2013 11:22 PM  
Blogger Paul Edenfield said...

Um, death knell for the Nestorian heresy? The Nestorians, though condemned in the Greek East, thrived in Mesopotamia and central Asia for nearly a millenium after Chalcedon, spreading as far as India and China. Though severely repressed by the Muslims over the centuries, they continue to survive today in communities around the world and are known as The Church of the East. Just saying ... :)

January 24, 2013 11:27 PM  

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