Are you born from God? by St. Cyril of Alexandria

“In this case, we say that the divine body was formed by the Holy Spirit and fashioned in the holy Virgin in a way beyond words, above and beyond the laws of nature. The firstborn of the holy, the beginning of those who obtained rebirth from God by means of the Spirit, had no need whatsoever of man’s seed. Of these it has been plainly said: “They who are born, not by blood, nor by carnal desire, nor by man’s willing it, but from God” (Jn 1:13).”

Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on Luke, 2, 22; PG 72, 500.

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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