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Valentine’s Day

14 February 2009

For the last couple of weeks there have been an increasing number of blog posts about Valentine’s Day.

As with Hallowe’en and many other commemorations, however, the Orthodox observance of St Valentine falls on a different day to that of the West.

In the Orthodox calendar the following are the main commemorations today:

Saturday 14th February 2009
* Tone 1 – Week after PENTECOST 34
* Saturday of the Prodigal Son
St Maron, Hermit, of Syria (4th)
St Abraham, Bishop of Charres in Mesopotamia (5th)
St Auxentius of Bithynia (c 470)
Repose of St Cyril, Equal-to-the Apostles and Teacher of the Slavs (869)
St Isaac, Recluse, of the Kiev Caves (1090)
St Peter, Patriarch of Alexandria (380)
New Martyr Nicholas of Corinth (1554)
Monk-Martyr Damian of Philotheou (Mt. Athos), who suffered at Larissa (1568)
New Martyr George of Mitylene, at Constantinople (1693)
Revised Julian (New Style) Calendar

For those on the Old Calendar, those would be commemorated on the Gregorian 27 February, and today’s commemorations would be:

Saturday 14th February 2009
* Tone 1 – Week after PENTECOST 34
* Saturday of the Prodigal Son
Forefeast of the Meeting
Martyrs Perpetua of Carthage, and Catechumens Saturus, Revocatus, Saturninus, Secundulus and Felicitas (202-203)
Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea, in Syria (250)
St Bridget (Brigid or Bride), Abbess of Kildare (c 525)
St Seiriol, Abbot of Penmon (Anglesey) and Ynys Seiriol (Puffin Island) (6th)
St Peter Galatia, hermit near Antioch in Syria (429)
St Crewenna missionary in Cornwall (5th)
Russian New Martyr Priest Peter (Skipetrov) (1918)
St Euny (Uny) of Western Cornwall (6th)
Julian (Old Style) Calendar [1 Feb]

The Orthodox commemoration of St Valentine of Rome falls on 6 July, .

But even in the West St Valentine’s Day seems to be a commemoration intended mainly to enrich greetings card manufacturers, like mothers day and fathers day, and I usually ignore those. Mothers Day also seems to have two different days for its observance. In England it is, if I remember correctly, the third Sunday in Lent, while in the USA it is a couple of months later.

I noticed that several newspaper columnists also wrote about the keeping of New Year resolutions, and some even had polls on the keeping of them. None of the ones I saw had polls on the making of such resolutions in the first place. It seemed to be something they just assumed everyone did.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 14 February 2009 2:11 pm

    “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.” – Zechariah 10:1


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