Monday 18th March, 2013
St Patrick. ST CYRIL OF JERUSALEM. Jeremiah 1:4-9. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News - Ps 116(117). Acts 13:46-49. Luke 10:1-12, 17-20.
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Today is the feast of Cyril of Jerusalem (as well as the day we celebrate St Patrick).
St Cyril was one of the great teachers of faith. The fourth century was a turbulent period in the history of the church and the great dramas of that time played out in Cyril’s life. Cyril was bishop of Jerusalem from 349 until his death in March 386, during which time he was exiled on three occasions.
Much of what remains of Cyril’s writing is his catechetical teaching for those who were being initiated into the Christian faith, and he had a catechetical setting like no other. He could point out the window to Calvary. That would certainly be one way to drive home your point! In many ways, it is Cyril who is responsible for the development of the liturgical cycles of the Lenten and Easter seasons, at least in their earliest forms, and for the style and rites of Christian initiation that we know as RCIA.