Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Happy New Year – yes it is my first post on this blog in 2012. I have been active elsewhere though!

Also happy Valentine’s Day!

I was pleased this morning to read that Baroness Warsi is to see the Pope and agree with him about the marginalisation of faith, especially Christianity, in our society today. She might like to mention one minor contribution the Vatican has itself made to this.

St. Valentine is surely one of the Christian saints almost everybody has heard of and his feast day is known to just about everybody – especially the manufacturers of greetings cards, florists and restaurateurs.  The Roman Martyrology (pre-Vatican 2) lists today as his birthday and says that ‘after many wondrous works of healing and teaching, he was scourged with rods and beheaded under Claudius Caesar.’ This makes him one of the earliest Christian martyrs. My 1962 Roman Missal lists today as ‘Commemoration of St. Valentine’ and researches into the Greek Orthodox calendar also list today as ‘Valentini’.

So why does the ‘Novus Ordo’, introduced by Archbp. Hannibal Bugnini under Pope Paul VI after Vatican 2 and called by Pope Benedict ‘the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite’ remove this best known of saints from the Calendar altogether?

Under the ‘Ordinary Form’ I should wish you all a happy feast of SS. Cyril and Methodius but it doesn’t quite have the same ring does it?

So come on Sayeeda, tell His Holiness to put St. Valentine back where he belongs and where he has been since Christianity’s earliest days!


About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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