9. february 2018
The feast is celebrated on the 5th of July.
The icons show the entire figures of Saints Cyril and Method. Above the left saint, there is written: "Sv.Methodij, epis.Moravs." - Svjatyj Methodij, jepiskop Moravskij /St. Methodius, Bishop of Moravia/. He is dressed in Episcopal garb of Eastern Rite. With his right hand, he blesses, in the left he holds the scroll with the beginning of the Gospel according to John: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It is apparent from his face that he was of
Above the saint, on the right side, we see written: "Sv.Kyrill, epis.Moravs." - Svjatyj Kyril, ispiskop Moravskij /St. Cyril, Bishop of Moravia – in the case of St. Cyril the inscription is strange, because there is a wide-spread polemic, about whether he was or was not a bishop./ On this icon, he is not dressed as a bishop, but rather as a monk. With two hands he holds a scroll on which the quote from the Bible appears: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Sir 1:16) and the Cyrillic alphabet, which the two holy brothers invented. Saint Cyril's face shows fear about the future of the people, which they brought faith and scripture to.
Below the two saints, the inscription holds: „Jako apostolom jedinonravniji i slovenskich stran u?itelije, Kyrille i Methodije bohumudriji, Vladyku vsich molite, vsja jazyki slovenskija utverditi v pravoslaviji i jedinomysliji, umiriti mir i spasti dušy naša. („The teachers of Slavic countries, on par with Jesus´ disciples, with Godly wisdom blessed Cyril and Methodius, pray to the Lord of all, that all Slavic countries are established in Orthodoxy and unanimity, that the Lord should grant peace to the world and that the Lord should save our souls") – this is the so-called “Tropar of St Cyril and Methodius“ – the main celebratory worship song.
In Slovakia, there is an admirable respect for the two Byzantine Greeks – Saint Cyril and Methodius. 85 churches are dedicated to the faithful. As the only Slavic nation, we remember the saints in the preamble of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic and we have a commemorated celebration and a public holiday on the 5th of July. This day is celebrated as a commemoration of the symbolic anniversary of the arrival of Slavic missionaries in the Great Moravia in 863. Numerous memorials, statues or institutions were named after the two saints, including two universities in Trnava and Nitra. Their portraits are depicted on the 2-Euro coin that was minted in the mint in Kreminca. Saints Cyril and Methodius are the patrons of Europe.