CYRIL and METHODIUS (Saints) Bishop (March 9) (9th century) Two brothers, the Apostles of the Sclavonians or Slavs, born in Greece and educated at Constantinople. They were sent by the Patriarch Saint Ignatius as missionaries to the Bulgarians, which people, following the example of their king, speedily embraced Christianity (A.D. 861-865). Cyril had previously preached in Southern Russia. They pursued their work in Moravia and Dalmatia. On their coming to Rome to render an account of their mission, Pope Hadrian II consecrated them Bishops. Cyril, however, died there, leaving Methodius to continue alone their Apostolate, which he did with marvellous success in Moravia, Bohemia, Poland and the neighbouring countries. To him is attributed the Slav alphabet, into which tongue he translated the Holy Scriptures. He died in Moravia at an advanced age at the close of the ninth century. The relics of the two brothers are venerated in the church of San Clemente in Rome, and Pope Leo XIII ordered their festival to be solemnly kept throughout the Christian world on July 7.