Saints Cyril and Methodius: National Holiday

People in the Czech Republic are now going and enjoying their long holiday weekend. (Giggling) So I read some few information about this called Saint Cyril and Methadius Day.

It is Saint Cyril and Methodius day, a national holiday that is usually celebrated during the 5th of July in some countries with Roman Catholic Tradition.

Saint Cyril and Methodius is Byzantine Greek brothers in Thessaloniki in the 19th century. They influenced the cultural development of all Slavs, for which they received the title “Apostles to the Slavs”. They are also credited with devising the Glagolitic Alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe Old Church Slavonic. Pope John Paul II declared them co-patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of the Nursia. 

Cyril is reputedly the youngest among seven brothers. He was born Constantine , but took the name Cyril upon becoming a monk shortly before his death according to the “Vita Cyrili” (The Life of Cyril). Two brothers lost their father when Cyril was fourteen, and the powerful minister Theokstistos who was logothetes tou dromou, one of the chief minister of the empire, became their protector. (For more info.)

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