13 February 2012

St Valentine's Day and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart statue in the Church of the Sacred Heart
St Valentine's Day is a good time to remember that 'God is love' (1 John 4:16), and our Church and parish are dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a heart that beats with love for us.
St Valentine's feast is not on the current liturgical calendar because we have so little information on his life story. There are relics of St Valentine in the Carmelite Church in Whitefriar Street in Dublin.
On the liturgical calendar for February 14th is the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, two brothers in the ninth century who were missionaries to the Slavic peoples. In Moravia, they used their own translation of the Scriptures in the local language. To do this, they devised an alphabet, now known as Cyrillic. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared them Patrons of Europe.