On February 14th, the day of two saints who were brothers and born in the 9th century is celebrated. As a result of their work, Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius are venerated for their educational and cultural mission among the Slavic people.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
O Lord hear my prayers,
and let my cry come unto you
Examination of conscience…
Lord have mercy…
Christ have mercy…
Lord have mercy…
God the Father of kindness, enlightened by the missionary ideal of Saint Cyril and Methodius, may we too be clothed with the grace to bring the message of love that flows from the gospel to the most abandoned men and women of our time, bearing witnesses to the life of the gospel in the imitation of saint Cyril and Methodius. through their humble prayers, may we come to enjoy the graces of (name your intentions). Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.
Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, pray for us.
MEDITATION: THE STORY OF THE TWO BROTHERS – CYRIL AND METHODIUS
(Part 3 – LEGACIES)
The Byzantine mission of saint brothers Cyril and Methodius had a major impact on the spiritual history of Great Moravia. In the centuries that followed, their works paved the way for the political and historical development of the Slavic nations, mainly in South-East and East Europe.
The mission, which reached Great Moravia in 863, had several dimensions. The most important were evangelism and the cultural and civilizational dimensions. Translations of the Gospel and liturgical texts into Old Church Slavonic intensified the religious life of our ancestors and laid the foundations of literature and culture for almost the entire Slavic world. From this point of view, research should be focused on the role and reflection of this historical and cultural heritage in the ecclesiastical and spiritual, national, and cultural life of the Slavic nations. The Cyrillo-Methodian idea manifests itself in the history of the Slavic world as a complex but solid foundation, capable of renewing the sleeping or inhibited energy and values in the areas of
faith, culture, literature, arts, education, upbringing, as well as national consciousness.
Most of the works on Cyril and Methodius are in Slavic or Russian. There are several helpful books in English, however. Francis Dvornik, The Slavs: Their Early History and Civilization (1956), describes the brothers’ influence on the life and language of the people among whom they worked. Zdenek Radslav Dittrich, Christianity in Great-Moravia (1962), is a scholarly study of the history of the churches they helped found, and Matthew Spinka, A History of Christianity in the Balkans (1968), places their missionary results in the context of the history of eastern Europe.
Point for reflection:
- Cyril and Methodius tried to understand the people and their culture. Reflect on the importance of loving and accepting people as they are.
Through the intercession of saints Cyril and Methodius, may the Lord bless + us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
👏🏼👏🏼 Great job praying Day 3! May the good Lord hear our humble prayers. Amen.👏🏼👏🏼
HAPPY FEAST DAY OF SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS!!!
Compiled by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição, Paulo Ramos, Maranhão, Brazil
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?