As of Today, February 1st, the Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, I have not found my Catholic sweetheart. Tomorrow (Feb. 2nd) is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemas), the end of the Christmas cycle.
However, the Easter cycle began last Sunday with Septuagesima, which is "Pre-Lent". These three Sundays before Ash Wednesday prepare us for what lies ahead, which includes the introduction of purple vestments and Tracts instead of the A-words.
Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten Fast (Feb. 13th this year), and the day after that, the 14th, is the Feast of St. Valentine, Priest & Martyr.
While some people wonder when they get engaged, can they marry in the Catholic Church on this saint's feast day?
The simple answer is "No" because even though Valentine's might not always fall during Lent, it will always fall during Septuagesima, and therefore you cannot marry in the Roman Catholic Church on St. Valentine's Day. It is one of the forbidden times one is to marry. To review those times, they are:
- All Sundays (or Days of Precept)
- All Doubles of the First Class
- Anytime during Advent, Septuagesima, & Lent
- Any day during the Octave of Easter
However, for a just cause, special permission of the bishop is required to hold a Nuptial Mass on any of the days above.
While St. Valentine was martyred for preaching the truth about the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and marrying several couples who pledged to live by those truths, many fake "catholics" today ignore the Church teachings on almost everything to do with marriage. They abort, divorce, contracept, and cohabitate at a much higher rate than their Protestant, Jewish, and Islamic brethren.
While those for intrinsic evils above will not happen to me, I will pray to St. Valentine to obtain my sweetheart by his feast day. How would a BE MINE candy piece sound for me, even if it's unhealthy to digest it?
God Bless you and have a weekend,