Love is closer than we think!!
With no definitive written account of St. Valentine life in the third Century, the Saints connection with Ireland might surprise you. In 1836, Pope Gregory XVI send a gift to the Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street, Dublin, in recognition of the work of the church’s former Prior, Fr. John Spratt, who was widely recognized as a very holy man.
The Gift was a relic of a Christian martyr; a small gold-bound casket containing the earthly remains of St. Valentine. The relic had been exhumed from the cemetery of St. Hyppolytus on the Tiburtine Way in Rome, placed in a golden casket, and brought to Dublin, where it was enshrined in the little church with great ceremony.
This year, on February 14th, as it has in every year since, the casket containing the Saint’s mortal remains will be carried in solemn procession to the high alter of the Carmelite Church for a special Mass dedicated to young people and those in love.
For those wishing to visit St. Valentine’s Shrine in Dublin, the Church is located between Aungier Street and Wexford Street, just a few minutes walk west of St. Stephen’s Green. If you’re lucky enough to be there, this little known Dublin Church also sells Valentine’s Day cards. Truly, it can be said – these are the genuine article!