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SS. Athanasius and Cyril

January 18

Archbishops of Alexandria, St. Athanasius is one of the four great doctors of the Byzantine Rite Church: called the “Father of Orthodoxy.” He opposed the Arians with admirable zeal and endured exile for 46 years. He died in A.D. 373. (Confer May 2). St. Cyril opposed the Nestorians and taught that the divine and human natures in Christ are united in oneness of person and that the Blessed Virgin ought truly to be called the Mother of God. He presided over the Third Euchmenical Council at Ephesus A.D. 431. He died in A.D. 444. (Confer June 9).

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January 18
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