Macedonian Church primates celebrates St. Cyril, Enlightener of Slavs, at saint’s tomb in Rome

Rome, February 28, 2024

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In honor of the feast of St. Cyril, the Equal-to-the-Apostles, celebrated yesterday, February 14/27, the primate of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric offered solemn prayers at the saint’s tomb in Rome.

As in all Slavic countries, St. Cyril and his brother St. Methodius are highly venerated in North Macedonia as the Enlighteners of the Slavs. This year marks 1,155 years since the blessed repose of St. Cyril, and in honor of the great occasion, His Beatitude Archbishop Stephan of Ohrid served a moleben in the crypt of the Basilica of St. Clement in Rome, reports the Diocese of Skopje.

The Archbishop was joined by Their Eminences Metropolitan Pimen of Europe and Joseph of Tetovo and a host of priests from the MOC-OA.

During the visit to Rome, the MOC delegation also visited the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, where the first Slavonic Liturgy was celebrated and Church Slavonic liturgical books were consecrated, and the Basilica of Santa Prassede, where the Seven (Sts. Cyril and Methodius and five disciple saints) lived during their stay in Rome.

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