Prince of Peace Parish will host its annual commemoration of the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Patrons Church Unity, at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Feb. 10 at St. Adalbert Church, 15th Street.
The Parish Choir will lead participants in hymns that recall the multi-ethnic legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodius, as well the cultural diversity of the South Side community.
In 861, Cyril and Methodius were among the first missionaries to baptize the areas that are now known as Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Austria, Germany and parts of Slovenia and Serbia. They are credited with developing the first written alphabet of the Slavic people, which evolved into Cyrillic, and is still in use today. In 1180, Pope Leo XIII declared these holy brothers Patrons of Church Unity; and in 1980, Pope John Paul II named them Co-Patrons of Europe.
Prince of Peace Parish has held this special commemorative liturgy, known as the Pan Slavic Mass, since 1996. In the United States, the Roman Catholic Church observes the feast day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius on February 14.