July 9

From the Prologue

As an eighty-four year old man, Cyril suffered for Christ during the reign of Decius. He was thrown into fire but was saved by the Providence of God. Then the judge issued the following sentence: "Cyril, who was delivered from the fire, just judgment cannot tolerate him among the living, therefore, I am ordering him to be slain by the sword." With joy did the holy elder place his head under the sword and was beheaded to live eternally in the Kingdom of Christ.

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