St Cyril of Alexandria: Mary is the Mediatrix of All Graces

St. Cyril I, 24th Patriarch of Alexandria
Icon of St. Cyril I, the 24th Patriarch of Alexandria.
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Taylor Marshall is a solid apologist and theologian. I often check his blog and am never disappointed, especially when I find fun facts, insights and quotes like the following from a homily given by St. Cyril of Alexandria, known to many as the “Great Defender of Christ:”

Hail Mary Theotokos [Mother of God], venerable treasure of the whole world, light unextinguished, crown of virginity, scepter of orthodoxy, indestructible temple, which contains the uncontainable…it is through you that the Holy Trinity is glorified and adored, through you, the precious cross is venerated and adored throughout the whole world, through you that heaven is in gladness, that angels and archangels rejoice, that demons are put to flight, through you that the tempter, the devil is cast down from heaven, through you that the fallen creature is raised up to heaven, through you that all creation, once imprisoned in idolatry, has reached knowledge of the truth, that the faithful obtain baptism and the oil of joy, churches have been founded in the whole world, that peoples are led to conversion.”

via Mary as Mediatrix in Church Fathers Saint Cyril ~ Canterbury Tales by Taylor Marshall.

The question that Taylor Marshall asks his Protestant readers concerning this is, “If you heard Saint Cyril, the great defender of Christ, preach this sermon, would you rejoice and say ‘Amen’ or would you walk out?”

Well, what is your answer?

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