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Gorazd (Pavlik) of Prague

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Our father among the saints Bishop '''Gorazd (Pavlik) of Prague''' was the [[hierarch]] of the revived Orthodox Church in Moravia, the Church of Czechoslovakia during after World War I. During World War II. Having having provided refuge for the assassins of SS-Obergruppenfuher Reinhard Heydrich, called ''The Butcher of Prague'', in the cathedral of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Prague, he took full responsibility for protecting the patriots after the Nazi overlords found them in the crypt of the [[cathedral]]. This act guaranteed his execution, thus his martyrdom, during the reprisals that followed.
Matthias Pavlik was born on [[May 26]], 1879 in the Moravian town of Hrubavrbka in what would later be the Czech Republic. Born into a Roman Catholic society of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Matthais continued into the Roman Catholic theological faculty in Olomouc after finishing his earlier education. He was subsequently ordained a [[priest]]. During his studies he was interested in the mission of SS Cyril and Methodius and of Orthodox Christianity. With the end of World War I and the establishment of the new country Czechoslovakia the legal constraints forcing Roman Catholicism were broken. In this environment many people left the Roman church, and many looked to Orthodox Christianity. Fr. Pavlik was among them. The Serbian Orthodox Church provided a shelter for those looking to Orthodoxy. As a leader in Moravia, Fr. Pavlik the [[Church of Serbia]] agreed to consecrate him to the episcopate for his home land. On [[September 24]], 1921, was consecrated [[bishop]] with the name of Gorazd.
Historically, his monastic name of Gorazd was significant as it was the name of the bishop who succeeded St Methodius as Bishop of Moravia after he died in 885. Subsequently, Pope Stephen V drove the disciples of St. Methodius from Moravia as the latin rite was imposed. Thus, by the choice of his monastic name of Gorazd the continuity of the Orthodox Church in Moravia from some eleven hundred years before was recognized.

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