May 24, 2010

Patriarchs of Constantinople and Russia Celebrate Slavic Letters Day

Today Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, and together with Patriarch Kirill and Mayor Yuri Louzkof of Moscow walked to St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square followed by approximatley 40,000 youth and young adults. This marks the beginning of the Day of Slavic Literature and Culture, which is celebrated on the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodios.

At the opening ceremony Patriarch Bartholomew gave the following speech stressing the value of culture and literature and its relationship to the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodios.

The speech can be read here in Greek. See more here.