From the Pastor's iPad
Bishop David Bard:
St. Valentine’s Day… …
….a day that began with a pagan ritual in the form of the Lupercalia Fertility Festival. St. Valentine’s Day…a day celebrating the deaths of three men named St. Valentine, who all died (beheaded, decapitated, and martyred to be exact) for their faith and lives of Christian servanthood. St. Valentine’s Day…the day that birds are said to find their mates for the season. St. Valentine’s Day…the day that Ash Wednesday falls on in 2018 to begin our journey through the greatest Love Story of the ages…the story of God’s love for us.
Though this day is said to be a Hallmark Holiday, we must recognize that it has been a longstanding tradition in the church to celebrate St. Valentine (times three) and their acts of love to God’s people. This year, St. Valentine’s Day is made a little more spectacular with Ash Wednesday sharing the date.
As Lent approaches, may you find time to seek out new ways to love Christ’s church. In this season of reflection, sacrifice, and preparation, may you find new ways to discover the truth behind God’s mysterious love. May you find something you love to sacrifice for 40 days. May you prepare your heart to receive the love that God is ready to pour into your life.
May you find love on this St. Valentine’s Day.
Dear Lord, who art high in the Heavens,
Giver of Love and Passion,
And He who strings the heart's cords,
Lead the Lovers this day, February ten plus four.
The day during the month of two,
When the date is the perfect number of God
Greater two souls and two hearts. Some Loves are fleeting,
But that which is built on you will never fail.
So guide the Lovers to know what is to be.
Your truths the Lovers' mouths should speak,
For Your truth is that which is honest to the heart.
Only this, then, should pass over the red lips of the Lovers.
Your art, the Lovers simply a medium.
It is only with True Hearts that You can create a Masterpiece,
So let the Lovers remember that their Soul's Desire
Is the one for which You light their Fire.
And let it be You who creates the Art of the Lovers;
The art of two into one. Amen.