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08/05 Dedication of St. Mary Major

Cyril of Alexandria Mary Mother of God Theotokos Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major August 5
Mary, Mother of God, Theotokos – Cyril of Alexandria

Cyril, patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, presided over the 3rd great Ecumenical Council of the Church which met in 431 AD in Ephesus and which proclaimed Mary as the Theotokos ("God-bearer" or "Mother of God"). Following this proclamation, many churches were dedicated to the Blessed...