O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Enlighteners of the Slavs and Equals to the Apostles

Today we celebrate Sts. Cyrill and Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs. They were brothers and monks. St. Methodius was consecrated a bishop at the end of his life and St. Cyrill gave us the Cyrillic alphabet (many variations of which exist today).

Troparion, Tone 4: As equals of the apostles and teachers of the Slavs, beg the Master of all to confirm us in the faith and in unity of heart, O Cyrill and Methodius. Beg Him for peace in the world and mercy on our souls.

Kontakion, Tone 3: We honor those priests who gave us the Light, who opened the fountain of theology for us by translating the Holy Scriptures, thus starting a river from them that still runs to this day. We glorify you, O Cyrill and Methodius, who stand in heaven before the throne of the Lord on high, and who pray so fervently for us all.