Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Cyril and Methodius; Prayer for the Lundgaards
This week mark's the annual Feast Days of Cyril and Methodius, the pioneer missionaries who carried the Gospel to the Slavic lands and peoples. Their immense courage, humility, and scholarship left an eternal legacy of hope and they are rightly honored as two of the greatest men in Church history. After Cyril died on February 14, 869 in Rome, Methodius was consecrated as Bishop and carried forward their work in the face of great opposition, dying in 885 in the region we now think of as Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Recalling the faithfulness of these men should not only inspire us with missionary zeal, but remind us to pray continually for the re-evangelization of an increasingly secularized Europe, especially lifting before the throne of Grace our dear friends Kris and Paula Lundgaard as they labor in the Gospel in Slovakia. May their tribe increase and the seeds they sow bear fruit for centuries to come.