On Monday, May 24, the commemoration day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, celebrates his Name’s Day.
Traditionally, representatives of the clergy, authorities, society, and world Christian and other confessions, congratulate the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on this day.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill said that by remembering Sts. Cyril and Methodius every year, the Church honors these saints as great enlighteners who brought the Slavs “culture and language, and did this not in isolation from moral and spiritual values and not in isolation from the most important thing – the goal-setting of human life.”
“Their enlightenment was aimed at helping people become saints, so that they would achieve the main goal of being, which is the union between man and God, the sanctification of all life, and therefore, the exclusion of everything that carries sin and untruth from life,” the Patriarch said in one of his sermons.
Likewise, the Primate of the ROC noted earlier that Saints Cyril and Methodius “not only preached Christ, but together with this sermon they began to create written language, which means the foundation of culture.”
“Celebrating the memory of Saints Cyril and Methodius, we, of course, look towards the future. We hope that neither temptations, trials, tests, nor new-fashioned ideas that are trying to destroy our national value system, will be able to do this,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill emphasized.
On May 24, the Orthodox Church also celebrates the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture.