St Valentine’s Day on 14 February embraces a time of year historically associated with love and fertility. On this day, we remember the martyrdom of St Valentine, who was executed in Rome around 269 AD, under orders from the Emperor Claudius. 

Emperor Claudius claimed that married men made poor soldiers and decreed that marriage between younger citizens be outlawed. Despite this, it is believed that Valentine continued to conduct illegitimate wedding ceremonies in the capital, maintaining that marriage was part of God’s plan and purpose for the world. The popularity of his actions ultimately led to his arrest and execution, but not before he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Legend suggests that on the evening of his execution the priest passed her a note which read “from your Valentine”. 

The Feast Day of St Valentine invites us to mark and acknowledge the all loving God who blesses those who love one another. The sacrificial love of God in Christ is an example of the human love between men and women. 

St Valentine’s Day Prayer: 

Eternal God, we offer our thanks that through our earthly lives
you speak of your eternal life. 

We rejoice in the wonder of creation, the gift of human life
and the many blessings that our relationships bring. 

Renew in us the fruits of your Holy Spirit;
that love, joy and peace may abound in our homes,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Kingswinford Deanery - Rural Dean: David Hoskin; Lay Chair: Anthony Lovesy 

Diocese of Malaita (Melanesia): Bishop Samuel Sahu 

Diocese of Malaita (Melanesia): Bishop Rickson Maomaoru