READING I: James 1:12-18
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19
GOSPEL: Mark 8:14-21
While most of us like to think of this day as a day of romance, it is not actually St Valentine's feast day but the feast of Ss Cyril and Methodius, two brothers from Thessalonica in Greece. Cyril was a monk and Methodius a bishop. Methodius was born in 815AD and lived to 885, encompassing the life of Cyril who lived from 826-869AD.
When they were translating the Bible into the native Slavic language, they devised a new alphabet which has come down to us as the Cyrillic alphabet. They have been honoured for centuries as the apostles to the Slavonic peoples and in 1980 Pope John Paul II pronounced them patrons of Europe. However, for most of us Feb 14 is St Valentines Day. And a little romance never hurt anyone!