According to the Church, yesterday was the feast of Ss Cyril and Methodius.
According to my 1938 edition of “Garden of the Soul”, my 1962 edition of “The Manual of Christian Prayer” and the rest of the whole world, yesterday was the feast of St Valentine.
[A moderator writes: the following passage has been excised because it contains a number of short words of Anglo-Saxon origin that the author has been advised to speak with his confessor about]
In summary, I’m giving up on Bugnini-time; from now on I shall be using the pre-conciliar books for my private devotions (sorry Magnificat, I loved you well), at least then my feasting and fasting will match that of my fathers in faith, rather than be governed by the diktat of a megalomaniac who should never have been allowed anywhere near the liturgy of the Church.
I give thanks for Pope Benedict, who made licit the desire to worship as our fathers before us had worshipped.
The right decision, I feel!
Yes Raven, the impact of these Apostles to the East, Sts Cyril and Methodius, is of such vital importance, that their feast day should definitely not be overlooked. Countless millions have been converted to the Faith through the witness and preaching of these holy brothers.
But what about this St. Valentine whose celebration has so blurred other saints? Who was he? Some even doubt that there was a real St. Valentine! Yet he did exist and archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. We know that he was a temple priest jailed during the reign of Claudius, a Roman martyr who refused to compromise or give up his Catholic Faith. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honour of his martyrdom.
(Another story of courage, faith, hope and steadfastness in the face of danger. What a lot we could learn from such witness nowadays when there is so much lukewarmness around!)
So, absolutely nothing to do with “flowers, candy, red hearts and romance” then? asks David Kithcart. He goes on to give an interesting report from Fr, Frank O’Gara of Dublin, Ireland, that probably explains how the holy martyr became linked to the secular celebration. By St. Valentine’s defense of Holy Matrimony!! What a shame that this important connection is ignored or unknown, especially in this day and age when true Marriage is under such virulent attack.
Thank you for your comments, Raven and Kathleen. We are now left with the legacy of Bugnini and a Church that has vandalised many of its most precious cultural traditions. What do we do to get our Church back?