Missionaries Cyril and Methodius

Brothers Cyril and Methodius are among the earliest missionaries taking the Bible to an unreached people. The Duke of Monrovia, today’s Czech Republic, asked the Byzantine Emperor to send missionaries to the Slavic people. Two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, volunteered as missionaries to the Slavic peoples, translating the Gospels, the Psalter, and Paul’s letters into the language of the people.

They also began a liturgy in the everyday vernacular, highly unusual at the time—all of which led to opposition and charges of heresy from the clergy in Germany. Their missionary work continued for over sixteen years, including developing the Cyrillic alphabet still in use today, allowing them to make the Bible translation that ultimately spread throughout the Slavic nations.

Share

More Book Minute Features

October 21, 2019

National Reptile Awareness Day

What’s the best way to celebrate Reptile Awareness Day? Start with a definition. Reptiles are scaly, cold-blooded, vertebrates that include lizards,...
October 14, 2019

Eisenhower's Inaugural Verses

President Dwight Eisenhower was born on this day in 1890. Shortly before his first inauguration in 1953, the president-elect asked Billy Graham to sug...
October 07, 2019

Fanny Crosby: Prolific Blind Hymn Writer

Fanny Crosby, though blind from a very young age, became a prolific hymn writer. Fanny Crosby was 15 when she was enrolled at the newly founded New Y...