THE two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, belonged to a senatorial family of Thessalonica, but their mother was probably a Slav.Prayer
Cyril went to Constantinople, where he was ordained priest. He taught philosophy in the university and preached the Gospel of Christ. The older brother, Methodius, after being governor of one of the Slav colonies, became the abbot of a monastery in Greece.
In 862, Ratislav, the Prince of Moravia, asked the Emperor, Michael III, to send him Christian missionaries to teach his people in their own language. The two brothers were sent to the court of Ratislav at Velehrad. They needed bishops to ordain more priests. They journeyed to Rome bringing with them the relics of Pope St. Clement. Pope Adrian II made them bishops.
Cyril died in Rome. Methodius continued his work in Moravia, Bohemia, Poland and the neighboring countries. He introduced the Slav alphabet and translated the Holy Scriptures into the Slavonic language. He died in Moravia, April 6, 885. Sts. Cyril and Methodius are honored as the apostles of the Slavs.
Merciful God, You have enlightened the Slavonic nations by the teaching of the brothers Cyril and Methodius. Help us to assimilate the teachings of Your doctrine and perfect us as a people united in the true Faith and its expansion.
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