Thursday, February 10, 2011

Seeing is not always believing.

As if the themes and variations in write your own liturgies are not enough to give you pause, the things you see posted on parish signboards sometimes bring you to a full stop.

When walking past the nearby LCMS parish, I could not believe what I read on their sign. It seemed so out of place, and a bit less than Lutheran.

This is what was on that sign:

"Saint Valentine suffered and died for your Christian Marriage."

February 14th -St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr.

Omer Englebert, in The Lives of the Saints, has this small note:

"In medieval days it was believed that birds began to pair on February 14th, whence the origin of the custom of sending 'Valentines'."

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