On the official Church calendar, we do not celebrate St Valentine, but rather, the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, evangelists to the Slavs, on February 14th. You might ask, “Why does the Church promote devotion to Sts. Cyril and Methodius on the same day as St. Valentine’s Day? Well, the answer is quite simple.
There is an ancient saying in the Church, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi” As the Church prays, the Church believes. In other words, if we ever want to know what the Church thinks about something, a quick way to ascertain the answer is to look to the prayers and the liturgical life of the Church. This saying makes it possible to see that that the Church intentionally promotes devotion to Sts. Cyril and Methodius on February 14th as a way of definitively asserting to the world that Slovaks–and the Slavic peoples in general–make the best lovers!Roma Locuta Est, Causa finita est! The Church says it, and I believe it.
So…Happy Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day. Don’t forget to share a traditional heart-shaped pierogi with the one you love!