Saint Cyprian Of Carthage

Saint Cyprian Of Carthage


st. Cyprian was born around the Year 200 in the city of Carthage in what is now the North African country of Tunisia he was born fascist Cipriani’s the son of a rich pagan senator like many children of wealthy parents in his day Cyprien received a secular education studying rhetoric and philosophy and occasionally defending his fellow citizens in court Cyprian’s fortune was spent on lavish banquets but these were not able to quench in him the thirst for truth however upon discovering the writing of the apologist Tertullian Cyprian became convinced of the truth of Christianity Cyprien was guided as a catechumen by the presbytery cecilius whose name he took upon baptism at the age of 46 Cyprien described his own baptism with these moving words a second birth restored me to a new man then in a wondrous manner every doubt began to fade I clearly understood that what had first lived within me enslaved by the vices of the flesh was earthly and that what instead the holy spirit had wrought within me was divine and heavenly so impressed were the people of Carthage with Cyprian’s faith that not long after his baptism the church ordained him a deacon and then presbytery within three years he was ordained as the Bishop of Carthage perhaps st. Cyprian x’ greatest legacy is his teaching on the unity of christ and his church when the priests Novation attempted to split the holy church by declaring himself bishop of rome though another bishop had already been elected Cyprien fought against the schismatic s’ the central issue was how to deal with the lapsed those Christians who fell away from the faith during the Roman persecution while Cyprian believed that they could be brought back into the church after a time of penance Novation did not Cyprien defended his views in a series of encyclicals that later became the book on the unity of the church in it he reminds all Christians that he can no longer have God for his father who has not the church for his mother Cyprien calls Christians to cling to the church the Bride of Christ a him in Cyprian’s honor recognizes his great wisdom and love for Christ’s Church we honor thee O Cyprian as a true Shepherd who with your sacred words and divinely wise doctrines has shown us the boundary stones making out the one Church of Christ even unto death did you bear witness with courage wherefore we extol you as a higher arc and martyr entreat that we all be saved Cyprien was also steadfast in the face of persecution when he refused to sacrifice to the pagan deities and instead firmly professed Christ the proconsul banished him returning after a year he was soon imprisoned and put on trial on September 14th 258 he was examined and sentenced to die by the sword his only answer was thanks be to God the execution was carried out in an open place near the city were a vast multitude followed st. Cyprian removed his garments knelt down and prayed after he blindfolded himself he was beheaded while all the people cried out with one voice let us also be beheaded with him st. Cyprian writings were considered such models of the faith that his words were read as great confessions at the ecumenical councils in Ephesus and Col Saddam as the hymn to him reminds us st. Cyprian was a great guide to all Orthodox Christians who still has much to teach today guide of Orthodoxy teacher of piety and holiness luminary of Carthage God inspired a dormant of confessors oh wise Cyprian by thy teachings thou has enlightened all o harp of the Spirit intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved Oh

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