Oil dedicated to St Cyril on prayer cloth
The Oil dedicated to St Cyril on prayer cloth is in honour of the child martyr. He announced that he would rather die than renounce his faith.
St Cyril was born at Caesarea. As a child, became a Christian, in consequence of which he was maltreated. He was finally turned out of doors by his idolatrous father.
Information to this effect having been given to the judge, he caused Cyril to be brought before him. Being told that the child frequently invoked the name of Jesus, he made promises to him. He said that he would effect a reconciliation with his father. It was on condition that he would never more pronounce that name.
The judge, in order to frighten him, caused Saint Cyril to be bound and led, as it were, to the death. But he gave private orders to the executioner not to injure him.
St. Cyril’s Death
Cyril was accordingly brought before a great fire, and threatened to be thrown in; but, being most willing to lay down his life, he was brought back to the judge who said to him, “My child, you have seen both the fire and the sword. Be wise, and return to your house and fortune.” The martyr answered, “You have done me a real prejudice in calling me back. I neither fear the fire nor the sword; God will receive me. Put me to death without delay, that I may the sooner go to him.” All the assistants wept to hear him speak in this manner. But he said to them, “You ought rather to rejoice; you know not what is my hope, nor what kind of kingdom I am going to possess.”
With these sentiments he went joyfully to his death. He seems to have died by the sword. His name occurs in the Martyrology which bears the name of St. Jerom, and in that of Florus. He suffered under Decius or Valerian.
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