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“Cyril of Jerusalem Five Catechetical Lectures - First Lecture on the Mysteries”
Also called Cathecheticae Orationes
Quinque, Mystagogica Cathechesis, Catechetical Lecture 19, XIX.
In the first lecture, chapters 1 - 3, Cyril explains the significance of baptism. Greek text with English translation.
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McCauley, S. J. and Stephenson A. A. (1970), Cyril of Jerusalem, Works, Volume 2 (Fathers of the Church (Paperback)) (Lectures 13 - 18 and Mystagogical Lectures)
J. W. Drijvers
1. I have long been wishing, O true-born and dearly
beloved children of the Church, to discourse to you concerning these spiritual
and heavenly Mysteries; but since I well knew that seeing is far more persuasive
than hearing, I waited for the present season; that finding you more open to the
influence of my words from your present experience, I might lead you by the hand
into the brighter and more fragrant meadow of the Paradise before us; especially
as ye have been made fit to receive the more sacred Mysteries, after having been
found worthy of divine and life-giving Baptism. Since therefore it remains to
set before you a table of the more perfect instructions, let us now teach you
these things exactly, that ye may know the effect wrought upon you on that
evening of your baptism.
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Cyril of Jerusalem and baptism
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