Cyril of Jerusalem
- The Kingdom of Heaven lies before us, everlasting fire has been prepared. Someone will ask how can we escape the fire, how can we enter in to the Kingdom? �I was hungry,� He says, �and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and clothed me; sick and you visited me; I was in prison and
you came to see me� (Matthew 25:35,36). If these words describe your conduct, you will reign with Him; if not you will be condemned. Therefore, begin now to act thus; persevere in the faith, let your good deeds shine before men so Christ will be honored, put on your incorruptible garment, bright with good works�
Cyril of Jerusalem � Catechesis 15
- strange and inconceivable thing! We did not really die, we were not really buried, we were not really crucified and raised again, but our imitation was but a figure, while our salvation is in reality. Christ was actually crucified, and actually buried, and truly rose again; and all these things have been vouchsafed to us, that we, by imitation communicating in His sufferings, might gain salvation in reality.
Cyril of Jerusalem, On the Christian Sacraments