St. Methodius was highly educated and involved in copying and writing manuscripts. Hepromoted orthodoxy and veneration of religious icons, which landed him in prison for eight years for resisting the emperor's decree against the use of icons. After the iconoclast controversy ended, Methodius worked hard to accommodate clergy who once subscribed to the heresy. Extremists who actively fought Methodius' policy were excommunicated.
St. Methodius was steadfastly devoted to the liturgy opposing any effort to weaken or corrupt it. When the Bavarian bishops accused him of heresy he travelled to Rome and was exonerated. His loyalty to the Mass in its pure state became legendary; let us pray that our bishops reflect this same constancy even when confronted with worldly pressures to back down.