Cyril and Methodius: Divine Liturgy in a Greek Catholic church

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Cyril and Methodius: Divine Liturgy in a Greek Catholic church

09. 07. 2018 11:52

The two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, both priests, were summoned to the territory of Great Moravia, now a part of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, by the ruler Rastislav in 863. He took this step in order to weaken the influence of the Kingdom of the East Franks, now a part of Germany. First, he ousted Bavarian priests and asked the Pope in Rome to send missionaries who would spread Christianity in the language understandable to the local people. As the Pope did not react, Rastislav was advised to call for the help of the Byzantine monarch Michal III. "This mission uplifted the quality of the organization system of the local Church," says Pavel Kouřil, the Head of the Research Centre for Slavonic and Medieval Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. "They came here and translated a part of the Holy Scripture and the Divine Liturgy into the language of the local people," says Reverend Father Jaroslav Pasok in the church of the Protection of the Mother of God in Ruská Nová Ves, eastern Slovakia.

Cyril and Methodius Being at Divine Liturgy in Greek Catholic church
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