Very few of us will walk up to someone
today and greet him or her with the words, Happy St. Cyrils Day, or
even Happy Cyrils Day. And surely no one will tell their sweetheart
to Be my Methodius.
And yet, today the universal Church commemorates Sts. Cyril and
Methodius, not St. Valentine, notwithstanding the latters
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, brothers from what in biblical times was
known as Thessalonica, were ninth-century missionaries to the Slavic
people in Eastern Europe. Not only did they learn the oral language of
the people, but they developed an alphabet and written language so that
the Bible and liturgical texts could be translated into the living
language of the people. They were truly remarkable men of God.
Leon Suprenant has a good point especially
since we have no idea which St. Valentine this day is named after.
Surely Sts. Cyril and Methodius are much
more cool being brother Bishops and brothers and how many
people have invented a language that is still used today?
Their missionary work and the spread of the Gospel surely
warrant more attention than they get on the memorial. But
then again considering performances of the Vagina Monologue, official
New York City brand condom giveaways, and all the other nonsense that
goes on this day – I bet they are happy to take a back seat
to St. Valentine and quite happy that this stuff does not get
attributed to them. Though we might want to give a shout out
to the St. Valentine and commiserate with him because surely if he
wasn’t in the Beatific Vision he would be a little down today.