Saint Cyril Patriarch of Alexandria
Date of celebration: 09/06
Saint Cyril lived during the reign of Theodosius the Younger and was born in Alexandria in 370 AD. from wealthy parents of the Greek society of the city. Cyril, the nephew of the archbishop of Alexandria Theophilos, received a great theological education, so that he subsequently became his uncle’s successor on the archbishopric throne of Alexandria.
When the Third Ecumenical Council took place in 431 AD. in Ephesus, Cyril was its president and contributed to the destruction of the misdeeds of the impious Nestorius, for the sake of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
With many spiritual achievements to his credit, Cyril peacefully surrendered his spirit to the Lord on June 27, 444 AD, after having been patriarch for about 32 years. St. Anastasios of Sinai rightly called him “the seal of the Fathers”.
Finally, we should note that the memory of Saint Cyril is repeated on January 18.