Cyril, Methodius and Valentine
Today in the universal calendar we celebrate the ninth-century monks and missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius, patrons of Europe, who translated the Liturgy into slavonic, allowing for the conversion of untold thousands into the Church. They have always been venerated as the ‘Apostles to the Slavs’, and Pope John Paul II declared them co-patrons of Europe, along with the great Saint Benedict.
Of course, on this day we also celebrate Saint Valentine, a rather obscure 3rd century martyr, who has become the patron saint of lovers and would-be lovers. Many legends have grown up around him, including that he secretly married