Too many Valentines? Like the saint himself!

For the day that’s in it. This old thing.

Arran Q Henderson

In the last post we explored how the relics of 5 star internationally renowned saint, St Valentine, (who was, probably, a 3rd century Roman) somehow, – improbably but rather wonderfully ended up by the 19th century  in the church of the Carmelite White Friars, right here in Dublin.  It’s a remarkable and heart warming story.

S Valentine wi

But we never really answered the other, second part of the question we posed ourselves last time out:  Who exactly was Saint Valentine?  Where did he live,  and die?  And what did he do to make himself so famous, and well, so romantic?

Even a cursory glance at the dreaded Wikipedia, that first resort of all lazy researchers,  tells us Valentine is a saint venerated in both the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox traditions.  So far, so good.

stvalentinemosaic

mosaic of Valentine, in the eastern, Byzantine tradition.

But wait.  Although approved for veneration in…

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