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 afterward to be beheaded, which was executed on the 14th of February, 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 Valentini. The greater part of his relics are now in the Church of St. Praxedes. To abolish the heathens' lewd superstitious custom of boys ' drawing the names of girls, in honor of their goddess Februata Juno, on the 15th of this month, several zealous pastors substituted the names of Saints in billets given on this day.
Reflection. —In the cause of justice and truth, prudence should not be held in account; otherwise prudence is mere human respect. St. Paul says: "The wisdom of the flesh is death."
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ps. 20, 2, 3
In Thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall joy: and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire. Ps. 20,4. For Thou hast prevented him with the blessings of sweetness; Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. Glory be …
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who keep the birthday of blessed Valentine, Thy Martyr, may by his intercession be delivered from all the ills that threaten us. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Wis. 10, 10-14
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
[What wisdom did for Adam, Noe, Abraham, Lot, Jacob, Joseph, and the people of Israel.]
The Lord conducted the just, through the right ways, and showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things, made him honourable in his labours, and accomplished his labours.
In the deceit of them that overreached him, she stood by him, and made him honourable. She kept him safe from his enemies, and she defended him from seducers, and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome, and know that wisdom is mightier than all. She forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: she went down with him into the pit. And in bands she left him not, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: and shewed them to be liars that had accused him, and gave him everlasting glory.
Gradual • Ps. 111, 1, 2
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; he delighteth exceedingly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 20, 4. O Lord, Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 10, 34-42
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ sends out his twelve apostles, with the power of miracles. The lessons he gives them.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man' s enemies shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it. He that receiveth you, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet: and he that receiveth a just man in the name of a just man, shall receive the reward of a just man. And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. also.
Offertory • Ps. 8, 6, 7
Thou hast crowned him with glory, and honor; and hast set him over the works of Thy hands. O Lord.
Deign, O Lord, we beseech Thee, to accept the gifts we offer; and through the intercession of Thy blessed Martyr Valentine, grant that they may avail as a help to our salvation. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 16, 24
If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Let Thy heavenly mystery, O Lord, avail to the restoration of mind and body, that, by the intercession of Thy blessed Martyr Valentine, we may feel the effect of the act which we are preforming. Through our Lord.