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March 18

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Cyril was born in Jerusalem about 315. Nothing is known about his early life beyond the fact that he was well educated and that his family probably had connections to Caesar.

Cyril became a biblical scholar and a cleric in the church of Jerusalem, a church troubled by many doctrinal controversies, including Arianism. Ordained about 342, he became Bishop of Jerusalem in 350. His famous Lenten instructions, Catecheses, outline his beliefs and the theological traditions of the Jerusalem community. He died in Jerusalem in 387.

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