By dying to worldly conversation, we are brought to the rudiments of life in Christ

OUR conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Philippians 3:20

WHOSO offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Psalm 49(50):23

An icon of St Cyril of Alexandria (+444)

An icon of St Cyril of Alexandria (+444)

Last Sunday was the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.

Some people are “crucified with Christ” by exercising self-control and by moderate living as a matter of free choice.

Many more of us have it done for us by afflictions of body or soul.

For St Cyril of Alexandria, it is in such things that the power of the Cross to grant life and light truly comes home to us.

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THOSE who are united with Christ are also crucified with Him.

For enduring, as it were, death to their old conversation in the flesh, they are reformed into a new life, according to the Gospel.

Yea, Paul said: And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh, with the passions and the lusts thereof; and again, speaking of himself in words applicable to all men:

For I, through the Law, died unto the Law, that I might live unto God. I have been crucified with Christ: yet I live; and yet no longer I, but Christ liveth in me.

And he exhorts also the Colossians:

Wherefore, if ye died from the world, why do ye behave yourselves as though living in the world?

For, by becoming dead unto worldly conversation, we are brought to the rudiments of conduct and life in Christ.

St Cyril of Alexandria, “Commentary on the Gospel of St John”, Book XII. Translation from CCEL.

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MY God, long-suffering, loving mankind, full of mercy and pitying, how did you endure slaughter and death on a Tree for the sake of the human race? We glorify your compassion.

You endured blows, crucifixion and abuse, O long-suffering and only Giver of life, wishing to redeem all from the hand of the deceiver, and you bear all things, O supremely Good.

As Shepherd you ascended the Cross and stretched out your hands, crying out, ‘Come to me and be enlightened, mortals darkened by deception. For I am light’.

Glory to you, only Giver of light.

Thursday Vespers. Translation from Anastasis.

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