Thursday, May 11, 2006

Commemorating Saints Cyril and Methodius

Saints Cyril and Methodius are venerated as "Equals to the Apostles" and "Enlighteners of the Slavs." As missionaries who traveled north into what were considered barbarian and pagan lands, they cultivated the Orthodox Faith in the mid-to-late ninth century, a period marked by political instability and (often violent) religious conflict.

With the help of their disciples and students, they devised a Slavonic alphabet and translated the books which were necessary for the celebration of the divine services: the Gospel, Epistles, Psalter, and collected services, into the Slavic tongue.

Troparion - Tone 4
O Cyril and Methodius, inspired by God,
You became equal to the Apostles by your life.
Since you were teachers of the Slavs,
Intercede with the Master of all
That He may strengthen all Orthodox peoples in the True Faith,
And that He may grant peace to the worldAnd great mercy to our souls.

Kontakion - Tone 3
Let us praise the two priests of God who enlightened us,
And poured upon us the fount of the knowledge of God by translating the Holy Scripture.
O Cyril and Methodius, as abundant learning has been drawn from this work,
We exalt you who now stand before the Most High,
Interceding with fervor for the salvation of our souls.