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St. Valentine and his Dublin Shrine

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St. Valentine is not just one saint, there are three mentioned in different martyrologies connected to February 14: St. Valentine, priest-martyr during the time of Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine, Bishop of Terni (venerated in the Eastern Churches), and a martyr from North Africa. Apart from these the Catholic Church recognizes others:

  • a martyr (Roman priest or Terni bishop?) buried on the Via Flaminia (February 14);
  • a priest from Viterbo (November 3);
  • a bishop from Raetia who died in about 450 (January 7);
  • a fifth-century priest and hermit (July 4);
  • a Spanish hermit who died in about 715 (October 25);
  • Valentine Berrio Ochoa, martyred in 1861 (November 24);
  • and Valentine Jaunzarás Gómez, martyred in 1936 (September 18).[13]

St. Valentine, the priest of Rome, is described thus:

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. Pope Julius I is said to have built a church near Ponte Mole to his memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly, Porta Valetini. The greatest part of his relics are now in the church of St. Praxedes. His name is celebrated as that of an illustrious martyr in the sacramentary of St. Gregory, the Roman Missal of Thomasius, in the calendar of F. Fronto and that of Allatius, in Bede, Usuard, Ado, Notker and all other martyrologies on this day. To abolish the heathens lewd superstitious custom of boys drawing the names of girls, in honor of their goddess Februata Juno, on the fifteenth of this month, several zealous pastors substituted the names of saints in billets given on this day.


From CatholicFire the following trivia is given

Several miracles have been attributed to St. Valentine. One legend says that while in prison, he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer, whose sight he restored. On the eve of his death, it was said that he wrote a letter addressed to the jailer’s daughter, which was signed, “From your Valentine.’’

Stories about St. Valentine not only stress his heroism but also the romantic side of him. Today, people send candies, flowers, love letters, and gifts on February 14 in the name of St. Valentine. Married couples and lovers appeal to him for courage and strength in facing problems in their love life.

As we celebrate the memorial of St. Valentine, let us not only remember him as the patron of lovers. Let us be inspired by his strength in trying to defend his faith.

Recently, I was informed that relics of the martyr St. Valentine are found in a vessel tinged in his blood and is enshrined in a Carmelite church in WhiteFriar’s St., Dublin, Ireland. Below are photos taken from the shrine.

More on St. Valentine on the Web

Shrine Photos

Martyrology, A brief story of St. Valentine
explanation of the relic of st. valentine, Explanation regarding the relic  shrine of st. valentine, focus on the altar and the relic
the shrine of st. valentine, the relic of st. valentine  A little bit of history, history of how the relic of st. valentine's got to WhiteFriar Church

Originally posted 2012-02-13 21:24:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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