Book of Saints – Saints Cyril and Methodius

detail of a statue of Saints Cyril and Methodius; date unknown, artist unknown; Macedonia; photographed on 17 July 2013 by Kristijantopalov; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

February 14

The two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, belonged to a family of senators in Thessalonica, but their mother was a Slav. Cyril went to Constantinople, where he was ordained priest. He taught in a university and defended the Gospel of Christ. The older brother, Methodius, after being governor of one of the Slav colonies, became the abbot of a monastery in Greece.

In 862 Ratislav, the Prince of Moravia, asked the Emperor, Michael III, to send him Christian missionaries to teach his people in their own language. The two brothers were sent to the court of Ratislav at Velehrad. They brought with them the relics of Pope Saint Clement. Pope Adrian II consecrated them bishops.

Cyril died in Rome. Methodius went as a missionary to Moravia, Bohemia, Poland, and the neighboring countries. He started the Slav alphabet and translated the Holy Scriptures into the Slavonic language. He died in Moravia, 6 April 885. The two brothers are honored as the apostles of the Slavs.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saints Cyril and Methodius”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 23 September 2019. <>