Days of the People of Goodwill were a preparation for the 2013 anniversary

5. 7. 2012

Moreover, this year's celebrations were part of the prepared celebrations of the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia, which we will commemorate in 2013. Yestarday, the traditional program for all age categories took place at Velehrad and attracted some 21 thousands visitors.

Visitors could make use of the rich program that was offered. At 9 a.m. already, this year's new item in the program began in the Stojanov Pilgrims' House - a course called "School of Love in Family according to Jiřina Prekopova". From 10 a.m. there were various competitions, children's performances, exhibitions, workshops and many more activities taking place at various places in the village. The annual Velehrad projects like the hand re-writing of the Bible, competition in football skills, Velehrad to children, the IN! magazine program, international meeting of wheelchar invalid persons, table tennis tournament and a number of other activities were commonplace. The peak of the children's program was the favorite Dagmar Patrasová.

Exhibitions and exhibition openings took place in the premises of the Stojan's grammar school and the Velehrad house of Saints Cyril and Methodius. There were, for example, winning pictures from the art contest called "The Way of the Two Brothers", winning photographs from the Photo contest - Velehrad 2011, illustrations to the book written by Petr Piťha - "Hear the Word and Sing the Song“, Jindřich Štreit's photographs and photographs taken by the Havlens. Religious movements and communities, as well as the Papal Missionary Works, presented their activities.

From 7:30 p.m. on, the traditional benefit concert called the Eve of the People of Goodwill took place on the stage in front of the basilica. The amount of money gained from donor text messages reached CZK 850 thousands this year, and it will be evenly distributed among four non-profit organizations. For the year 2012 the following organizations were chosen: Cyrilometodějská církevní škola Brno (Cyrillo-Methodian School in Brno), Občanské sdružení ONŽ – pomoc a poradenství pro ženy a dívky (ONZ Civic Community - aid and counselling for women and girls), Centrum pro rodinný život Olomouc (Center for Family Life Olomouc) and ADIUVARE endowment fund.

During the concert the following artists performed - the Chinaski group, a young female singer called Elis, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra from Zlín, Štěpán Rak and Alfréd Strejček and, of course, the performer all time present at the Velehrad celebrations, Jiří Pavlica with Hradišťan. The concert was transmitted live by the Czech Television and Czech Radio 1 – Radiožurnál.
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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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