Cyril of Alexandria on Tongues: I Corinthians 14:5

A translation from the Greek of a Catena on I Corinthians 14:5 attributed to Cyril of Alexandria on the doctrine of tongues. This section deals with the primacy of prophecy over that of speaking in tongues, and explains that the office of tongues is not a useless activity.

Translated from: S. Cyrilli Alexandrini. In Epistolam I Ad Corinthios. XIV, 2. MPG Vol. 74, Col. 891

“Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but

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Cyril of Alexandria on Tongues: I Corinthians 14:2

A translation from the Greek of a Catena on I Corinthians 14:2 attributed to Cyril of Alexandria on the doctrine of tongues.

A large portion of the Catena on 14:2 is a discussion that revolves around defining prophecy and its relationship with tongues. There is a slight historical definition of the tongues event in the Book of Acts, but not totally clear. The text demonstrates here that the concept of prophecy was already highly developed by the fifth century.

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Cyril of Alexandria on Tongues: I Corinthians 12:9

A translation from the Greek of a Catena on I Corinthians 12:9 attributed to Cyril of Alexandria on the doctrine of tongues.

A large portion of the Catena on 12:9 is relating to the gifts of the Spirit in general, the portion relating to the Church tongues doctrine is found halfway through and translated below:

Translated from: S. Cyrilli Alexandrini. In Epistolam I Ad Corinthios. XII, 9. MPG Vol. 74, Col. 887

Thus we say

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Cyril of Alexandria on Tongues: the Original Texts

The writings related to the tongues of Pentecost and Corinth attributed to Cyril of Alexandria. This is a digitized copy of the Greek text and the parallel Latin translation, when available. The text is mostly derived from Migne Patrologia Graeca and a portion from Cyrilli: Archiepiscopi Alexandrini In D. Joannis Evangelium, edited by Philippus Edvardius Pusey (London: Oxford. 1872).

The following commentaries attributed to Cyril of Alexandria are found to have references to either the tongues of Acts or Corinth:

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The Purpose of Prayer

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The ArtScroll Siddur contains one of the best definitions of prayer found anywhere. A siddur is a Jewish prayer book that outlines personal and communal prayers for almost any occasion; life, death, loss, birth, success, and everything in-between. It is written from an Orthodox Jewish perspective. The following is an excerpt.

“Prayer, a Timeless Need

When we think of the word ‘prayer’ we think of our needs and requests, and

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