Sunday, May 29, 2022 UTC

APR 6: DEATH OF METHODUS APOSTLE OF THE SLAVS

   APR 6: PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY – 6:00 PM (LIVE-STREAMED); SYNODAL PROCESS LISTENING SESSION WITH PARISH COUNCEL – 07:15 PM.

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

THE DIVINE LITURGY OF THE PRESANTIFIED GIFTS E-VERSION (note – this is a “draft,” but if you don’t have a book, it can guide you): PresanctifiedGifts

or you can purchase from Byzantine Seminary Press at the following: https://www.byzantineseminarypress.com/the-divine-liturgy-of-the-presanctified-gifts-peoples-version-with-music/

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is celebrated during the Great Fast, and provides the faithful with the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on those days when the Eucharistic Sacrifice is not celebrated.   The word “presanctified” indicates that the “gifts” (the Body and Blood of Christ) which are distributed at the service are those consecrated at a previous Eucharist. Information about the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute:  https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/DivineLiturgyPresanctifiedGifts.html

On this day, we commemorate St. Methodius, older brother of St. Cyril, who died in 885 A.D.  Historically, Methodius and his brother were missionaries who popularized Christianity among the Slavic peoples. Such was their influence that they are now known as the “Apostles to the Slavs”.  When Moravian Prince Ratislav requested the Byzantine Emperor Michael III send missionaries to Moravia to explain Christian truths in their language, Cyril and Methodius were the ones sent. They were known to be keen thinkers and administrators and became the most celebrated missionary team in Eastern Orthodox history. The alphabet they invented gradually morphed into one that is still in use, and was named for Cyril – the Cyrillic alphabet. In 863, they were tasked with translating the Bible into Old Church Slavonic using an alphabet they invented, the Glagolithic alphabet.