Be My Methodius

14 Feb

Very few of us will walk up to someone today and greet him or her with the words, “Happy St. Cyril’s Day,” or even “Happy Cyril’s Day.” And surely no one will tell their sweetheart to “Be my Methodius.”

And yet, today the universal Church commemorates Sts. Cyril and Methodius, not St. Valentine, notwithstanding the latter’s larger-than-life appeal.

Sts. Cyril and Methodius, brothers from what in biblical times was known as Thessalonica, were ninth-century missionaries to the Slavic people in Eastern Europe. Not only did they learn the oral language of the people, but they developed an alphabet and written language so that the Bible and liturgical texts could be translated into the living language of the people. They were truly remarkable men of God.

Interestingly, Blessed John Paul II authored only one encyclical on the lives of saints, and that short encyclical was entitled Slavorum Apostoli, the Apostles of the Slavs. Yes, it’s about Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Read it here. These first-millennium saints have much to teach us about the “new evangelization.”

O God, who enlightened the Slavic peoples through the brothers Saints Cyril and Methodius, grant that our hearts may grasp the words of your teaching, and perfect us as a people of one accord in true faith and right confession. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sts. Cyril and Methodius, pray for us!

2 Responses to “Be My Methodius”

  1. Nicole February 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    It appears the 14 February was the feast of St. Valentine up until the Roman Calendar of Saints was revised in 1969 by the Holy Father Pope Paul VI. It is still the feast day of St. Valentine on particular calendars of saints, but I don’t think that includes the USA even though some Americans still acknowledge it as a feast day.


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