The Daily Prayer
WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020
Cyril of Jerusalem (315—386)
Cyril lived in the fourth century. His gift to the church was his refusal to separate good doctrine from good living, insisting that orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxis (right living) must be married. He was accused of selling some gifts from the emperor and giving the money to the poor. Cyril was condemned and forced into exile. He died in 386 at the age of seventy. Of his thirty-five years as a bishop, nearly sixteen were spent in exile.
Cyril of Jerusalem said, “The way of godliness consists of these two parts, pious doctrines, and good works. Neither are the doctrines acceptable to God without good works nor does God accept works accomplished otherwise than as linked with pious doctrines.”
Lord, not only in the roar of a hard rain, but in the dousing, dipping, drenching of our baptism, call us to live into that new life that is your resurrection. Amen.