The Church honors, on this fourteenth day of February, the memory of the holy Priest Valentine, who suffered martyrdom towards the middle of the third century. The ravages of time have deprived us of the details of his life and sufferings; so that extremely little is known of our Saint. This is the reason of there being no Lessons of his Life in the Roman Liturgy. His name, however, has always been honored throughout the whole Church, and it is our duty to revere him as one of our protectors during the Season of Lent. He is one of those many holy Martyrs who meet us at this period of our Year and encourage us to spare no sacrifice which can restore us to, or increase within us, the grace of God.
Pray then, O holy Martyr, for the Faithful, who are so persevering in celebrating thy memory. The day...
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