Feast day: June 27
When did St. Cyril of Alexandria live: 376- 444
Biography of St. Cyril of Alexandria:
Cyril was born in 376 in Theodosios (Egypt) as the nephew of the Patriarch of Alexandria. He enjoyed a formal Christian education and was made Patriarch of Alexandria after his uncle's death. Cyril ordered the closure of Novatian churches and drove the Jews away from his city. He wrote many theological works and is counted among the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church. A serious conflict with Nestorius, archbishop of Antioch, led to the deposition of the latter. Cyril died in 444.
Patronage: St. Cyril of Alexandria is patron saint of the Egyptian city Alexandria
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Cyril of Alexandria - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Cyril is shown as a bishop with miter, crosier, cross around his neck and holding a gospel book.