The Velehrad festivities commemorated Archbishop Stojan


Velehrad (Uherské Hradiště) – This year’s Days of People of Good Will in Velehrad in the Uherské Hradiště Region commemorated Antonín Cyril Stojan (1851 to 1923), the 170th anniversary of his birth and one hundred years since his appointment as Archbishop of Olomouc. An exhibition dedicated to Stojan, who is considered to be the restorer of Svatý Hostýn, a conspirator of Western and Eastern Christians and an organizer of the Velehrad congresses, opened today in the Hall of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík. She was also an active politician. He was buried in the royal chapel in the Velehrad basilica.

“He was a priest, a patriot and a politician. He was a real philanthropist, for which he earned the nickname ´tatíček Stojan´. No wonder, 139 new churches and parishes were established during his tenure, he was named an honorary citizen in a hundred villages. “he cared for refugees from the First World War, laid the foundations of Caritas CR, brought electricity to Svatý Hostýn, supported music ensembles and defended the rights of teachers, tradesmen and journalists. During Austria-Hungary, he helped establish libraries with Czech literature,” said the exhibition curator. Secretary of the Days of People of Good Will Josef Kořenek.

The exhibition describes Stojan’s life and work, including copies of his correspondence. The stand wrote dozens of letters a day to writers, painters, the presidential office of TG Masaryk, the people who asked him for support, and the factory owner Baťa. The exhibition also offers photographs and objects. “The stand itself actively participated in several firefighting interventions. He wore a firefighting uniform and from one event in Příbor there is a helmet and an ax at the exhibition, which helped him in the emergency leaving the burning house,” said Kořenek.

According to Cardinal Dominik Duka, Stojn was the man who founded the spirituality of Moravia in the 20th century. “But he was also the man who converted the Catholic Church in the most difficult times after the disintegration of Austria-Hungary and the creation of a state that was in many times more complicated situations than we are today, or we have been many times in the 20th century. So he deserves my thanks from Prague, because Prague was completely paralyzed by the church at that time, “he said today at the opening of the Duka exhibition. The Archbishop of Olomouc, Jan Graubner, remembered his grandfather, who also wrote to Stojan and asked him not to enlist in the war during the First World War because he had children and a business at home. He then treated the sick in the infirmary and died a month after the end of the war of typhus. According to Graubner, his letter with Stojan had been preserved at home.

A new audiobook, dedicated by actor Igor Bareš, is also dedicated to Stojan. Wind and dulcimer bands dedicated songs to Stojan and presented a music CD in Velehrad called Songs for Stojan’s Dad. “The sale of the album will support the reconstruction of the parish church of St. James in Moravská Nová Ves, which was damaged by a devastating tornado,” said Kořenek.

Pilgrims in Velehrad rewrote the Bible by hand, it could be done in five years

As of today, pilgrims in Velehrad in the Uherské Hradiště region continue to rewrite the Bible by hand. The so-called Velehrad manuscript began to emerge in 2005. The event is a traditional part of the Cyril and Methodius Days of People of Good Will. Today, several dozen first applicants rewrote the end of the Second Book of Samuel, followed by the Book of Judges, and if the time comes, the Book of Joshua will begin, Petra Číhalová from the Roman Catholic parish of Velehrad told ČTK today.

“The whole New Testament has been rewritten, the last few books remain of the Old Testament. It will be estimated for four or five years,” said Číhalová. A translation by Václav Bogner is described. In recent years, around 400 people have been involved in the rewriting. “It was always about a hundred children and the rest were adults. So far, 7,400 participants have come so far,” said Číhalová, according to whom people often return.

This was also confirmed today by one of the first transcribers, Blanka from Vysočina. “We have been coming here for about the fourteenth year, it is such a tradition for me,” a woman who rewrote several verses from the Second Book of Samuel told ČTK today.

“People usually write around three to four verses, an excerpt is given. We have the books written out so that the visitor gets directly what to write and does not have to look for which section to write,” said Číhalová. Last year, the rewriting of the Bible did not take place in Velehrad, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the program was very limited. “There was a break last year and maybe it will be rarer for people now to rewrite,” said Číhalová. Due to the covid, the organizers have reduced the number of people I can rewrite the Bible at one time, and the number of places to rewrite has been reduced from eight to four. People can join until today 20:00 and on Mondays from 08:00 to 12:00.

The year before, people rewrote the end of the First Book of Samuel and the Rainbow Book of Samuel. In the first years, people transcribed the Bible in Velehrad outside in a tent in front of the basilica. Since 2011, it has been described in the premises of the Velehrad House of St. Cyril and Methodius, which was created by the reconstruction of a former granary and stables.

This year, 80 to 90 people arrived in Velehrad for a meeting of wheelchair users

This year, 80 to 90 people arrived in Velehrad in the Uherské Hradiště region for a meeting of wheelchair users. The event is a traditional part of the Cyril and Methodius Days of People of Good Will, held for the 21st year. Due to the epidemic situation, just like last year, only wheelchair users from the Czech Republic came, the organizers did not invite participants from abroad, with the exception of wheelchair users from Slovakia. People traveled from various parts of the country, from Prague, Pardubice, Olomouc or South Moravia. Michal Umlauf from Maltese Aid, who organizes the meeting, told ČTK today.

“Traditional participants have arrived, but they are also completely new here. It is, for example, a lady who is 28 years old and traveled here by train to Velehrad for the first time,” said Umlauf. Wheelchair users are cared for by about 60 volunteers who have completed a training course. They learned basic nursing tasks, wheelchair control and communication with the disabled. “Volunteers have been hard at work this year. I don’t know if it’s due to the covid period or the series of events that are now taking place during the holidays,” Umlauf said. Volunteers spend their entire stay in Velehrad with their clients, helping to get to various events if the clients need it, also for example during meals or personal hygiene. “We are glad that the volunteers are coming back to us. A third to a half are those who have been here at least once,” said Umlauf, according to whom experienced volunteers are a role model for new ones.

The help of volunteers and the opportunity to meet people from all over the country was appreciated by one of the participants in the meeting, Eva Kacana from Olomouc, who is the Paralympic winner in the shot put. “In Velehrad, when I am in a wheelchair, I am eleventh. I used to come here as a pilgrim on my own, now I ride here in a wheelchair. The destination, the pilgrimage, and the fact that there is a possibility of meeting lead me here. Thanks to Maltese help, I am here she started riding again, “Kacanu told ČTK today.

Volunteers are very important to her when moving. “There are cubes, there are hills. They will help in what I can’t do, even if I want to go to the store. Among people, when there are crowds, it’s not always easy, it’s hard to get on the sidewalks because of the stalls,” Kacanu said. He is always very much looking forward to volunteers. “I wonder which of them will come again. There are a lot of volunteers who started riding as students and now have children,” she said. He is especially looking forward to meeting people. “I’m also looking forward to the concert, the services and the fact that one has the opportunity to go to church later in the evening.

There are a lot of exhibitions here this year, I’m always looking forward to them. Even after the covid period, I am glad to see a lot of familiar faces and young people who pour energy into a person. “I am grateful to Maltese’s help for having the patience to do it every year,” Kacanu said.

This afternoon, a mass in the Velehrad Basilica is prepared for wheelchair users, then dulcimer music will be played during the meeting and the guests of the Days of People of Good Will, including performers at the evening concert, will come to greet them. In the evening there is an informal campfire, which is very popular among wheelchair users.

Maltese help during the Days of People of Good Will has also provided long-term medical care. There are eight paramedics in the tent by the basilica, ready to help visitors.


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