Britain’s Roman Catholic Church is advising lovelorn singles to direct their February 14 requests for love to St Raphael, rather than St Valentine.
Over the years St Valentine has come incorrectly to be associated with finding love, the Church says.
He is the patron saint for those who have already found their soulmate.
St Raphael is the patron saint for happy encounters and it is to him those fearing the Valentine’s post should properly direct their prayers.
Clare Ward, spokeswoman for the Catholic Enquiry Office, the official body providing information on Catholic life, said that while the distinction between the saints has always been clear within the Church it has, over the years, been blurred outside.
“Saint Valentine passed a note to his jailer’s daughter, whose sight he is thought to have cured,” she said.
“The note had no romantic content, but it’s from this story that the tradition of sending notes of appreciation has come from. – bbc
What is Valentine’s Day? Here is the BBC’s definition:
Valentine’s Day, or St Valentine’s Day, is celebrated every year on 14 February.
It’s the day when people show their affection for another person (or people!) by sending anonymous cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love.
And traditionally on Valentine’s Day in a leap year – every four years – women can propose marriage to their partner!
On the other hand, some know it as “Single’s Awareness Day” because it is on this day that people who are not in relationships feel extra lonely, when they are reminded that another year has passed, during which their impossibly high standards, painful shyness, awkwardness, ugliness, bad luck, mental disorders, lizard dung collection, or whatever, has kept them isolated.
If you are feeling blue: Eat if you are hungry, if not, exercise. Right now! Then, get a local paper, make a plan and get out and do something. Go see a love poem marathon, a play or a movie. Many events are free, you just have to look. If you like chemical solutions, I’ve been taking 50 mg of 5HTP every day for the past few months. I’m going to stop for a while after reading some cautions. Exercise is the best way to go in terms of getting happy chemicals into your brain safely.