On Sunday, February 12, 2023 we celebrated in our parish the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the Patron Saints of the Parish and of Europe. On this occasion, we took part in the solemn Masses and Plenary Indulgences, and were a witness to the ceremonial introduction of the relics of St. Cyril during the High Mass at 10:30am.
Cyril (born Constantine, 826–869) and Methodius (815–885) were two brothers and Byzantine Christian theologians and missionaries who evangelized the Slavs. They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe Old Church Slavonic. They are known as the "Apostles of the Slavs" and are still highly regarded by both Roman Catholic and in the Eastern Orthodox Church as saints. In 1980, the first Slav pope, Pope John Paul II declared them co-patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia.
We are very grateful to our previous Pastor, Fr. Artur Żaba for making the relics of St. Cyril available to us. Relics of saints are the source of piety for all Christians, being an object of veneration, for they are the remains of those who already enjoy eternal glory. Therefore, the relics of St. Cyril is gaining immeasurable importance, especially for our Parish.