Thousands of Czech Catholics gather in Moravian village on occasion of national holiday
Over forty thousand Czech Catholics gathered in the Moravian village of Velehrad on Tuesday to commemorate Saints Cyril and Methodius. July 5 is a national holiday in the Czech Republic to honor the legacy of the Greek missionaries who brought Christianity to the Czech lands in 863. The open-air mass at Velehrad, once the seat of the Great Moravian Empire, was celebrated by the Archbishop of Olomouc, Jan Graubner.
Saints Cyril and Methodius arrived in Moravia in 863 on a mission from the Byzantine Empire. To spread the Gospel among the Slavs, they created the Cyrillic alphabet and translated the Bible and liturgical books into Slavonic, which at that time had no written form. The two brothers are considered the founders of Slavic literature.