Saint Valentine and the Carmelites

February 13, 2021 |

13/2/16 The shrine of St Valentine at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Aungier St in Dublin . Arthur Carron

A side altar of the Carmelite church in Dublin, Ireland, is dedicated to Saint Valentine. Underneath the altar is a large box containing the relics of Saint Valentine. In 1836 Pope Gregory XVI sent the relics along with a document attesting to their veracity. Why? The best-known preacher was a Carmelite, Fr John Spratt, O.Carm. (kind of like the Billy Graham of those days) of Dublin. The Pope was a fan and sent the relics to say ‘thank you’ for Father John’s ministry.

Since then, when couples get engaged they come to the altar to ask Saint Valentine to bless their upcoming marriage. Every year on the feast of Saint Valentine the reliquary is taken from the side altar and placed in front of the main altar for masses all day.

Saint Valentine, pray for us.

A video visit to the Carmelite Shrine of Saint Valentine:

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