This is the Liturgy of the Hours for March 18. Your local date is .
“Already there is a scent of blessedness upon you. Already you who are soon to be enlightened are gathering spiritual flower from which, to weave heavenly crowns: already the fragrance of the Holy Spirit has breathed upon you: already you have gathered round the vestibule of the King’s palace. May you also be led in by the King! For blossoms now have appeared upon the trees; may the fruit also be found perfect!” 
St. Cyril of Jerusalem was a bishop in the fourth century. There survive 24 catechetical instructions that he delivered to prepare catechumens and the newly baptized for life in Christ. St. Cyril was bishop for 35 years, over 16 of which were spent in exile. He was first sent into exile by Acacius, Bishop of Caesarea, an ardent Arian who claimed jurisdiction over Jerusalem. St. Cyril was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1883 by Pope Leo XIII. 
Written by Sarah Ciotti
 St. Cyril, “The Catechetical Letters,” in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, ed. Philip Schaff (New York: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1893), 1, adapted.
 F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 369.
 Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.
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The Faith Journey of our Community
Maria Alonzo on March 18th, 2023 at 12:02O breathe on me O breathe of God till my soul is pure! Never leave me! Show me who I am to you. Let me love you more and more.
David J.McGough on March 18th, 2023 at 11:53That the life I lead will be pleasing to the Lord our God
Gill Babeu on March 18th, 2023 at 7:02Pray especially for our Holy Father Francis