For the day that’s in it. This old thing.
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.
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.
mosaic of Valentine, in the eastern, Byzantine tradition.
But wait. Although approved for veneration in…
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