Saint Days: Cyril and Methods, Apostles to the Slavs
St. Cyril (826-869) and St. Methodius (815-885) were brothers from Thessalonica, Greece. They were both missionaries in the Church who were instrumental in the cultural development of the Slavic people.
Cyril's first mission work was to the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mutawakkil where he attempted to promulgate the concept of the Holy Trinity to Arab theologians. He later became a professor of philosophy.
In 862, Prince Rastislav of Great Moravia requested missionaries and the brothers were sent in answer to his call. By 863, they were were translating the Bible in Old Church Slavinic (they had to create the Glagolitic and Cyrilic alphabets to achieve this) and crafted a specifically Slavic liturgy.
Cyril died in 869, 50 days after becoming a monk. In 870, Methodius became a Bishop and then in 873 (or 879) became an Archbishop before passing away in 885.
On his death bead, Cyril exhorted Methodius, "Behold, my brother, we have shared the same destiny, ploughing the same furrow; I now fall in the field at the end my day. I know you greatly love your Mountain; but do not for the sake of the Mountain give up your work of teaching."
Let's remember these influential brothers in our prayers today:
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servants Cyril and Methodius, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the Slavic people; raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.