Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Ecclesiasticus 15:5; Psalm 91:2
In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. Ps. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy Name, O Most High. Glory be to the Father.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, by the intercession of the blessed bishop Cyril, so to know Thee, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent that we may be accounted worthy to be numbered for evermore among the sheep who hearken to His voice. Through our Lord.
The just will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the Most High. He will open his mouth in prayer, and will make supplication for his sins. For if it shall please the great Lord, He will fill him with the spirit of understanding: and he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as showers, and in prayer he will confess to the Lord: and He shall direct his counsel, and his knowledge, and in His secrets shall he meditate. He shall show forth the discipline he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord. Many shall praise his wisdom, and it shall never be forgotten. The memory of him shall not depart away, and his name shall be in request from generation to generation. Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the Church shall show forth his praise.
The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of His God is in his heart: and his steps shall not be supplanted.
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed. Glory and wealth shall be in his house: and his justice remaineth for ever and ever.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: When they shall persecute you in this city, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you shall not finish all the cities of Israel till the Son of man come. The disciple is not above the master, nor the servant above his lord It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the good man of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household? Therefore fear them not; for nothing is covered that shall not be revealed; nor hid that shall not be known. That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light; and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him that can destroy both soul and body into hell.
The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus.
Look down, O Lord, upon the spotless victim we offer to Thee: and grant that by the merits of blessed Cyril, Thy Confessor and Bishop, we may ever strive to receive it into a clean heart. Through our Lord.
The faithful and wise servant, whom his lord setteth over his family: to give them their measure of wheat in due season.
O Lord Jesus Christ, may the sacrament of Thine own Body and Blood which we have received, sanctify our minds and hearts, through the prayers of the holy Bishop Cyril, and thereby make us worthy to become partakers of the divine nature. Who livest and reignest.