Cyril-of-JerusalemAt what season does the Saviour rise?  Is it the season of summer, or some other?

In the same Canticles immediately before the words quoted He says:

The winter is past, the rain is past and gone (Cant. 2:11); the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the pruning is come (Cant. 2:12).

Is not then the earth full of flowers now, and are they not pruning the vines?

You see how he said also that the winter is now past.  For when this month Xanthicus is come, it is already spring.

And this is the season, the first month with the Hebrews, in which occurs the festival of the Passover, the typical formerly, but now the true.

This is the season of the creation of the world:  for then God said, Let the earth bring forth herbage of grass, yielding seed after his kind and after his likeness (Gen. 1:11). And now, as you see, already every herb is yielding seed.

And as at that time God made the sun and moon and gave them courses of equal day (and night), so also a few days since was the season of the equinox.

At that time God said, let us make man after our image and after our likeness (Gen. 1:26). And the image he received, but the likeness through his disobedience he obscured.

At the same season then in which he lost this the restoration also took place.  At the same season as the created man through disobedience was cast out of Paradise, he who believed was through obedience brought in.

Our Salvation then took place at the same season as our fall: when the flowers appeared, and the pruning was come.

A garden was the place of His Burial, and a vine that which was planted there:  and He hath said, I am the vine (John 15:1). He was planted therefore in the earth in order that the curse which came because of Adam might be rooted out.

The earth was condemned to thorns and thistles: the true Vine sprang up out of the earth, that the saying might be fulfilled, Truth sprang up out of the earth, and righteousness looked down from (Ps. 84:11).

And what will He that is buried in the garden say?  I have gathered My myrrh with My spices:  and again, Myrrh and aloes, with all chief spices (Cant. 5:1; 4:14).

Now these are the symbols of the burying; and in the Gospels it is said, The women came unto the sepulchre bringing the spices which they had prepared (Luke 24:1);  Nicodemus also bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes (John 19:39).

Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386): Catechetical Lectures 14, 10-11.

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