Kovacevski: The Enlightenment Mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius has a special place in the history of the Macedonian state

Prime Minister Kovacevski at the tomb of St. Cyril in the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, Photo: Government of RSM

The mission of the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius is one of the first examples of connecting different cultures while respecting differences. "It is a value that we still refer to today and that points us to be facing the future in which the common points of contact do not divide us, but connect us," the Prime Minister said today. Dimitar Kovacevski, who together with the delegation paid tribute to the tomb of St. Cyril in the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome.

According to the Prime Minister, the enlightenment mission of the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius has a special place in the history of the Macedonian state.

In that spirit, today we can say that Northern Macedonia preserves and nurtures the work of the holy brothers together with all nations. With all the nations that recognize and celebrate the ancient mission of civilization with dignity and honor, the Prime Minister added.

Kovacevski, as reported by MIA, stressed that the epoch-making work of Saints Cyril and Methodius enabled the various Slavic peoples to confidently step on the world civilization stage.

- Their mission, to make the Bible available in all languages ​​of all Slavs and then and today has a supranational, civilizing and unifying role. The Holy Brothers made the Bible available to all Slavs and introduced the Old Slavonic language into church services. At the same time, Saints Cyril and Methodius and their students will start a much wider cultural activity by educating the population, translating books and establishing literary schools, from which St. Clement's Ohrid School will later emerge.

As he said, this value, even after more than 1150 years, teaches us and inspires us for dialogue and mutual understanding.

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia gg Stephen, to the members of the Synod, to the esteemed clergy and monks, as well as to all Orthodox believers in our country, congratulates the great holiday on the day of the Holy co-apostles Cyril and Methodius. This year, as he said, May 24 - the Day of the All-Slavic educators we celebrate in the light of the historic decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to accept the MOC-OA in liturgical unity in the Orthodox community.

Also, Prime Minister Kovacevski to the Rector of the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje, to the deans, vice deans, professors, senators and all current, past and future students to congratulate May 24, the Day of All-Slavic educators, the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius and the patron saint holiday of UKIM.

-University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius University is an inseparable part of the history of Northern Macedonia as the first state university in our country. UKIM fulfills its mission on one of the pillars of our statehood and as a worthy successor of the vision and enlightenment activity of the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius. To all citizens of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, I congratulate May 24 - the Day of the All-Slavic educators, the brothers Saints Cyril and Methodius. May the memory of them be eternal, said Kovacevski.

The Rector of the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" Nikola Jankulovski, who today together with the Macedonian delegation paid homage to the tomb of St. Cyril in the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, and sent congratulations on the 73rd anniversary of the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje.

- It is an honor and pleasure for me to be part of the church-state delegation and on this day we celebrate May 24, the Day of the All-Slavic educators Saints Cyril and Methodius. We came here and gave due respect and worship before the tomb of St. Cyril, said Rector Jankulovski.

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