St. Methodius (b. 826) and
his brother, St. Cyril (b. 827) are know as the Apostles to the Slavs.
They were sent in response to a request from the Khazars for a
Christian teacher. Next they went to the Moravians who wanted a
teacher who could instruct them and lead worship in Slavonic. In 868
they were called to Rome. There Pope Adrian II sanctioned their
Slavonic liturgy and ordained them Bishops. Cyril died in 869 and was
unable to return to Moravia. Methodius was appointed bishop of the new
Archdiocese of Moravia and Pannonia. He translated the Bible into
Slavonic. He died in 885.
Clockwise from the upper left: a page from a 13th
century Gospel, St. Cyril from a miniature of 1567, a 16th century
The souvenir sheet shows
St. Methodius in a miniature from the 13th century. The stamps and
sheet were issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Cyril and
Methodius National Library in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Ostomirov Gospel ~ 1056-1057
The Ostomirov Gospel is
attributed to Saints Cyril and Methodius and dated to 1056-1057.
However, Cyril died in 869 and Methodius, in 884. The miniature from
the Gospel is St. Methodius receiving inspiration from Mark in the
form of an ox.