Saturday, 19 June 2010

...of the Greek Variety

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem on offering the Mass for the dead:

'We pray for the holy fathers and bishops who have fallen asleep, and all who have fallen asleep before us, in the belief that it is a great benefit to the souls on whose behalf the supplication is offered, while the holy and tremendous Victim is present. By offering our supplications for those who have fallen asleep, if they have sinned, we offer Christ's sacrifice for the sins of all, and so render favourable for them and for us, the God who loves mankind'

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