Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers from the folks here at the 12 Angry Men Blog. We know that behind the celebration of the Hallmark holiday that drives up the stock prices of the likes of Hershey and Nestle we have a serious celebration, well, at least in Europe, anyway.

Today is the feast day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, as celebrated in the Latin Church. These two brothers, co-patrons of Europe are known as “Apostles to the Slavs.” Born in 827 and 826, respectively, they are responsible for the evangelization of much of Eastern Europe. They not only invented the pre-cursor to the modern Cyrillic alphabet, but they also invented the (Old Church) Slavonic language, and developed the first Slavic civil code.

In many ways, I can’t think of a better pair of saints on whose feast day to celebrate love. They not only model for us the love of brothers and family, but a love of God that reached so wide they went into the hinterlands of Eastern Europe to bring it to everyone. And I imagine they presided at a whole lot of weddings too!

So, as you indulge in the depths of gushy, passionate, hedonistic, romantic love, remember that you do so on a day sacred to two celibate brothers who worked themselves to death to spread the Faith to the absolute ass-end of their world! All the best to you and your sweetie-pie!

(As an aside, St. Cyril is buried in Basilica di San Clemente in Rome. If you’re ever visiting the Eternal City, it’s definitely a place not to miss.)

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