Thursday, February 14, 2008

St Cyril Patron Saint of ecumenism

Saint Cyril

Also known as
Apostle of the Slavs; Apostle of the Southern Slavs Constantin; Constantine the Philospher; Constantine; Cyril the Philosopher;
Memorial
14 February; formerly 7 July and/or 9 March
Profile
Brother of Saint Methodius. Greek nobility; his family was connected with the senate of Thessalonica, and his mother Maria may have been Slavic. Studied at the University of Constantinople, and taught philosophy there. Deacon. Priest. Librarian at the church of Santa Sophia. Monk, taking the name Cyril. Sent with Methodius by the emperor in 861 to convert the Jewish Khazars of Russia, a mission that was successful, and which allowed him to learn the Khazar's language. In 863, sent with Methodius to convert Moravians in their native tongue. Though some western clergy opposed their efforts and refused to ordain their candidates for the priesthood, they did good work. Developed an alphabet for the Slavonic language that eventually became what is known as the Cyrillic today. After initial criticism for their use of it, they achieved approval of the Liturgy in the Slavonic language. May have been bishop, but may have died before the consecration ceremony.
Born
827 at Thessalonica, Greece as Constantin
Died
14 February 869 at Rome, Italy
Patronage
Patron Saint of Bohemia; Patron Saint of Bulgaria; Patron Saint of Czech Republic; Patron Saint of Czechoslovakia; Patron Saint of ecumenism; Patron Saint of Europe; Patron Saint of Moravia; Patron Saint of unity of the Eastern and Western Churches; Patron Saint of Yugoslavia
Representation
with Saint Methodius; Oriental monk holding a church with the help of Methodius; surrounded by Bulgarian converts; wearing a long philosopher's coat

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