Pastoral Notes 10th February, 2019

Of Every Nation
In the Church’s calendar there are listed feasts of saints from many parts of the world. On Thursday 14th February Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius are remembered as ‘apostles’ (from Greece) to the Slavonic peoples and so also co-patrons of Europe. We have many parishioners now from Eastern Europe. Saint Cyril has given his name to the Cyrillic alphabet familiar to us from Russian script, for example. These two brothers died, respectively, in AD 869 and 884. They undertook great works of translation into the local languages of the east when Latin had become mostly dominant in Europe. It shocked and angered some people at the time. Methodius’s mission extended finally to the borders of Bulgaria. We pray for all our Slavonic, Eastern European fellow Christians.