Mary by the Cross by St. Cyril of Alexandria

“[The evangelist] intended to teach that the Lord’s unexpected Passion scandalized even his Mother, either because of the cruel nature of his death or because of the ridicule of the Jews or because of the soldiers at the feet of the Cross, who derided the One hanging upon it and dared to divide his garments right before his Mother’s eyes.”

Cyril of Alexandria, Comentary on John 12, 19; PG 74, 662.

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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