Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Today the Church celebrates these two ninth century brothers who left their homeland to preach the gospel to the Slavic nations. They were committed to the concept that the liturgy should be in the vernacular so they had to create what became known as the Cyrillic alphabet, which was the root of the Russian alphabet.
It is once again instructive to realize that they first didn't first translate the bible into the new language. They translated the liturgy, meaning the Mass. Why didn't they just start with Scripture? The likely answer is that the best way in the 9th century as in every century is to present the gospel in the context of the Church. In all likelihood, the literacy rate in the 9th century Slavic nations was very low, and the best way to preach the gospel was in the liturgy which is literally filled with scripture. In the end of his life, one of the brothers indeed did translate the entire bible as well as many writings of the Church Fathers.


Blogger Athanasius contra mundum said...

Isn't it interesting how these two brothers evangelized the Slavic world, created an alphabet for said people and happened to share their day of commemoration with a random hieromartyr from ancient Rome, but everyone remember St Valentine over them.

February 15, 2012 9:27 AM  

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