It was Pope St John Paul II, the Polish Pope, who named these two saints as patron saints of Europe, together with St Benedict. The two saints evangelised vast areas of Eastern Europe as well as inventing what we know today as the Cyrillic alphabet, for translating liturgical books into Church Slavonic.

St Cyril spoke these words to St Methodius on his deathbed: ‘Behold, my brother, we have shared the same destiny, ploughing the same furrow; I now fall in the field at the end of my day. I know that you greatly love your Mountain; but do not for the sake of the Mountain give up your work of teaching’.

May these two saints pray for us on this day, and may God bless you.