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February 14th: Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop, patron saints of Europe

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Gospel text (Lk 10,1-9): The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, «The har­vest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know. Whatever house you enter, first bless them saying: ‘Peace to this house’. If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house. When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you’».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today is the feast of the saints Cyril and Methodius, blood brothers and Patrons of Europe. They were missionaries and evangelists in a large part of European geography. They prepared liturgical texts in the Slavic language, written in characters that were later called “Cyrillic”. «Peace and Good!»: Saints Cyril and Methodius recognized that this vocation and mission are a gift from God. Cyril expressed it by praying: "Yours is the gift whereby you have sent us to preach the Gospel of Christ, and to promote those good deed you take pleasure in"

- Hopefully, through the intercession of the Patron saints of Europe, we will be faithful missionaries of Christ!

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