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Festal Letters 1–12 (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 118)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Series: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v


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pp. vii

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pp. ix-xii

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pp. 1-32

When Cyril of Alexandria was consecrated patriarch of Alexandria in A.D. 412, he inherited a style of leadership that was already venerable and old. Reaching back more than two hundred years to the time of Demetrius, the traditions of the...

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Festal Letter One

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pp. 33-51

THE BRIGHT LIGHT of our divine feast shines forth upon the whole world with such cheerful radiance, that it banishes all gloom and darkness for those wishing to celebrate the feast worthily. Thus the blessed apostle speaks as...

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Festal Letter Two

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pp. 52-67

REJOICE IN THE LORD always; again I say, rejoice!”1 Our discourse hastens to this starting-point, and quite understandably, for it is a feast which is proclaimed. For when our message has as its purpose to announce that we...

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Festal Letter Three

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pp. 68

In the Sources Chrétiennes edition of the letters, Évieux notes the following:...

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Festal Letter Four

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pp. 69-82

ONCE AGAIN THE season for the holy feast shines upon us, with the contest of endurance getting under way shortly before and commanding us to display holiness of life and every other virtue as a sort of payment of a yearly debt...

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Festal Letter Five

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pp. 83-100

"THERE IS A TIME for everything,”1 says holy Scripture, and that seems to me an excellent view of the nature of things, for nothing can be more harmful to it than missing the proper time. Since, then, no one will deny that to...

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Festal Letter Six

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pp. 101-124

WITH OUR HOLY FEAST shining forth and appointing the renowned contest of endurance for those accustomed to a reputation for good works, I think it fitting for everyone to be gathered to the spiritual theater, saying,...

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Festal Letter Seven

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pp. 125-136

"REJOICE IN THE Lord always; again I say, rejoice!”1 Behold, the thrice-longed-for time of our holy feast has arisen for us, coming in the course of the same cycles, like those from foreign parts putting into home port. It already...

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Festal Letter Eight

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pp. 137-154

"SOUND THE TRUMPET in Zion,”1 says the sacred law some place, rousing the Church to its yearly call to the customary acts of zeal, and compelling those who have chosen a life of excellence to rally to the signal for the divine...

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Festal Letter Nine

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pp. 155-174

ONCE AGAIN we display the radiant signal for the holy feast, crying out in a loud and piercing voice, “It is time to act for the Lord!”1 For once again there has come to us, come indeed through the yearly cycle, the time for fasting....

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Festal Letter Ten

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pp. 175-194

BEHOLD, ONCE again we take it to be our duty to obey the voices of the saints, and in our eagerness to follow as it were in the footsteps of the custom they practiced, to extend a hand of mutual affection to those who are as brothers...

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Festal Letter Eleven

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pp. 195-215

"COME, THEN, COME now, let us exult in the Lord,”1 and through the all-holy fast, “come, let us worship and fall down before him,”2 and in complete submission let us honor the King of heaven and earth, knowing what is written:...

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Festal Letter Twelve

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pp. 216-234

"THE LAW HAS a shadow of the good things to come,”1 and outlines the bright form of the truth, by figures and symbols, giving us a glimpse of the mystery of the things revealed through Christ. It bids the sons of Israel accordingly,...

Appendix: The Dates of Easter Announced by Cyril’s ‘Festal Letters’

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pp. 237-238

General Index

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pp. 239-241

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 243-248

E-ISBN-13: 9780813212180
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813201184

Page Count: 260
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1
Series Title: The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation

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  • Cyril, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria, ca. 370-444 -- Correspondence.
  • Christian saints -- Egypt -- Alexandria -- Correspondence.
  • Christian life -- Early works to 1800.
  • Theology, Doctrinal -- Early works to 1800.
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