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Happy Valentine's Day

220px-St-valentine_110921-01Today is Valentine's Day. There are many stories about the origin of various devotions to this Roman saint of the 3rd century and his connection with young love.

He is expected to look after engaged couples, bee keepers, epilepsy sufferers, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, travellers, and young people. So, as a saint, he is kept busy.

In 1836, some relics that were exhumed from the catacombs of Saint Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina, near Rome, were identified with St Valentine, placed in a casket, and transported in procession to the high altar for a special Mass dedicated to young people and all those in love.

That same year Fr. John Spratt, an Irish priest and famous preacher, was given many tokens of esteem following a sermon in Rome. One gift from Pope Gregory XVI were the remains of St. Valentine. The Reliquary was placed in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, and still remains there. It is accompanied by a letter claiming the relics to be those of St. Valentine.

Happy Valentine's Day to all.

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And to you
Very interesting.
Happy Valentine's Day to you too :)
Not quite here yet, but Happy Valentine's Day. :)
Hugs, Jon
And to you.

But I'm partial to St Jude & Thomas More
Not the same romantic angle!
He's also mythical but let's not let that spoil a good story :o)

My own favourite (and birth day) saint Is La Pucelle (Joan of Arc) which I suppose is sort of apt.
No, it's not all myth I gather, although there seems to have been more than one.

Poor Joan - another victim of the English.
Although betrayed to the English by Charles VII who she'd just placed on the throne of France.

'Put not your trust in princes'.............

Edited at 2014-02-14 13:17 (UTC)
Happy Valentine's Day!
Here we have sunshine. The promise of spring.
Valentine's Day can be seen as a day to celebrate the love of god/goddess for all their creatures.
Yes, we remember the God of Love, and, of course, the people of love.