rev ronald Writes

Thursday 14 February 2019
17C painting by David Tenniers of St Valentine kneeling in supplication

Almost everyone in western culture celebrates Valentine’s Day, though unfortunately without considering the fact that he was a saint. While there is a paucity of factual information about St. Valentine, we do know that he was born in third century Rome and was martyred after refusing to denounce his Catholic faith. It’s likely the association between the saint and courtly love occurred as a result of baptizing the pagan holiday, Lupercalia, in the eighteenth century.  Because his feast day is celebrated on February 14, that is what unofficially made St. Valentine the patron saint of happy marriages, engaged couples, young people, and love.

Friday 1 February 2019
Shutford in the snow in February
I wonder what weather February has in store for us in 2019. Whatever the weather we, as proud Brits, will be talking about it. I gather the Beast ... read more