Bishop Cikrle Distributed More than One Thousand Crosses from Great Moravia

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Brno: A motto of this year's meeting of the youth with their bishop was in the spirit of the verse from the Gospel, "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28,19).

During the holy mass at the end of the meeting, young believers heard these words, "Today, we are inviting all of you to come to the altar in a symbolic sacrificial procession, each one of you on his or her behalf. Bring your joys and troubles and sufferings to Christ, your failures, disappointments and your weekness, bring yourself. Come, give - and you will be given. Do not keep anything for yourself. Jesus also is giving his whole self..."

Then, Bishop of Brno Vojtěch Cikrle together with other priests present there gave a little cross to more than two thousands of believers, which is an imitation of the cross from the 9th century, from the time of the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius. On one side, there is a symbolic representation of the person of Christ crucified. Above him, we can see a stretched arm of God the Father. On the back side of the cross we can read Greek letters. In usual abbreviations they express the fundaments of faith and hope of Christians: Jesus Christ - light - life - prevails. The cross from the period of the Great Moravian Empire commemorates the efforts of Saints Cyril and Methodius who, equipped with only modest means, set out for a journey to an unknown country, learnt the language of local inhabitants, translated the Scripture to their language and proclaimed the joyful news.

The little cross is to remind everybody not only of this year's diocesan meeting that took place on the occasion of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, but also of the calling to faith in Jesus Christ, who gave His life for each one of us.

(The explanatory texts were taken from materials belonging to the diocese of Hradec Králové and were adjusted.)


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  • Here are our roots.

    (Blessed John Paul II, 22nd April 1990, Velehrad)

    They wanted to become part of those nations and to share their destiny in everything. Here, in this place, at Velehrad, in Moravia, we can feel the historical legacy of the kingdom in a peculiar way – we can feel even those who became its keepers and guardians.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • For us, people of the present age, their apostolate contains even the elocution of the ecumenical appeal, i.e. to build unity again, in a peaceful reconciliation, which later after their deaths was heavily damaged, and in the first place the unity between the East and the West.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • Their work is also a very important contribution to the growth of the common Christian roots of Europe, which by their firmness and viability create one of the main contact points, which must be respected by every serious attempt at reunification of our continent in a new and topical way.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • The story of both brothers, Cyril and Methodius, is a distinct example of unity.

    Saints Cyril and Methodius contributed, to a great extent, to the building of Europe, not only regarding its Christian religious community but also concerning its civil and cultural unity.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

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