Saint Cyril and Methodius

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AKA Name:Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment, Culture and the Slavonic Alphabet, Ден на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост
Hashtags:#CyrilAndMethodius, #Methodius, #StCyril, #StMethodius
2019 Date:24 May 2019
2020 Date:24 May 2020
Saint Cyril and Methodius

St Cyril and Methodius Day History

St Cyril and Methodius Day, also reffered to as Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment, Culture and the Slavonic Alphabet celebrates both saints lives and contributions to Bulgaria. Brother Cyril and Methodius were born in Thessalonika, in the Byzantine Empire, in the 9th century. Both brothers were men of God and renounced their lives to live in a monastery on the Bosphorus Sea. Later, they were sent into regions of Russia to convert Jews, Khazars and Moravians to Christianity. They subsequently invented an alphabet called glagolitic, marking the creation of what it today known as the Cyrilic alphabet which is predominantly used in Slavic languages. The brothers translated lithurgical books into Slavonic and began to convert followers to Christianity.

Saint Cyril and Methodius Day is celebrated annually on 24 May and marks the beginning of the Slavonic alphabet, literature, education and enlightenment in Bulgaria. Their feast day was declared by Pope Leo XII in 1880.

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St Cyril and Methodius Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 1981, Pope John Paul II declared both Cyril and Methodius as joint patrons of Europe along with Saint Benedict of Nursia.
  • Saints Cyril and Methodius are considered to be the "Apostles of the Slavs".
  • In 867, impressed by their work, Pope Nicholas I invited the brothers to Rome.
  • The value of language in the transmission of the Revelation”was recognized as key to the mission of these two brothers —called “Apostles to the Slavs” - Pope Benedict XVI, Sept 2009
  • . . . We pray Thee, Lord, give to us, Thy servants, in all time of our life on earth, a mind forgetful of past ill-will, a pure conscience and sincere thoughts, and a heart to love our brethren; for the sake of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord and only Savior. - --From the Coptic Liturgy of Saint Cyril.

St Cyril and Methodius Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit one of the many St Cyril and Methodius monuments around the Slavic world. There are monuments in Russia, Macedonia, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
  • If you are not already familiar with the Cyrilic alphabet, pick up some learning materials and have a go at it. Compare the Greek, Roman and Cyrilic alphabets and try to find similarities and differences. There are many tools to help you online.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media sites using hashtags such as #CyrilMethodius, #CyrilicAlphabet and #SaintsCyrilandMethodius.
  • Donate books, supplies and educational materials to schools around Slavic countries. This is a popular way to celebrate the enlightenment and culture associated with the Slavonic alphabet and the feast day.
  • Watch a documentary about Saints Cyril and Methodius. Some of our recommendations include: Cyril and Methodius and Apostles of the Slavs - Two Brothers One Life Mission.

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