Monday, May 23, 2022 UTC

MAY 11: FEAST OF STS. CYRIL & METHODIUS APOSTLES TO THE SLAVS

cyril_and_methodius    On May 11th we celebrate the patron saints of our parish. They were two Byzantine Greek brothers born in Thessaloniki in the ninth century, who became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavs of Great Moravia and Pannonia. Through their work they influenced the cultural development of all Slavic peoples for which they received the title “Apostles to the Slavs.” They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe the Old Church Slavonic language.

The gospel reading for this feast is John10: 9-16, which opens: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” This gospel reading makes it clear that Jesus must be acknowledged as the one and only doorway to salvation and that anyone who enters through Him will be “saved” and through this belief in Him, will receive the free gift of redemption.