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Saints Cyril and Methodius (d.869; d.884)

for February 14

Saints Cyril and Methodius were brothers. They were raised in Thessalonica by a well-known Christian family. Because numerous Slavic peoples inhabited Thessalonica, Cyril and Methodius knew the Slavic language. The brothers joined the same monastery, but were summoned to become Christian missionaries. Cyril and Methodius were wonderful choices for this missionary assignment because they knew the Slavic language, enabling them to communicate with the people. Both brothers were devoted to the principle that ideas should be expressed in a person's native language, instead of important ideas only being communicated through Latin or Greek. Saint Cyril is credited with inventing an alphabet which was the precursor to the Cyrillic alphabet. The brothers worked to translate the liturgy into Slavic, which was not the norm during their time period. Because of their translation, they faced hostility from members of the German clergy. Cyril and Methodius traveled to Rome to petition against the German bishops' refusal to consecrate Slavic priests and bishops. During their visit, the brothers were delighted to learn that their new liturgy had been approved by Pope Adrian II. Plagued with health concerns, Cyril passed away soon after the brothers' visit to Rome. Methodius continued to perform his missionary work for 16 years until he joined his brother in their heavenly reward. Saints Cyril and Methodius are co-patrons of Europe.

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Reflection

Through everyday acts of kindness in caring for your peers, you make present the Holy Spirit of God. By serving others and proclaiming God’s word, you enflesh the Good News of Jesus Christ in a way your peers can understand. How do you proclaim the Gospel in a way that speaks to your peers? (Taken from “Day by Day with People of the Bible: Reflections for Teens.”)

Prayer

God, help me serve your people, especially my peers, through kind acts of faith. (Taken from “Day by Day with People of the Bible: Reflections for Teens.”)