Exodus 37:1-38:31; Matthew 28:1-20; Psalm 34:11-22; Proverbs 9:9-10
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
“A physician and priest living in Rome during the rule of Emperor Claudius, Valentine became one of the noted martyrs of the third century. The commemoration of his death, which occurred in A.D. 270, became part of the calendar of remembrance in the Early Church of the West. Tradition suggests that on the day of his execution for his Christian faith, Valentine left a note of encouragement for a child of his jailer written on an irregularly shaped piece of paper. This greeting became a pattern for millions of written expressions of love and caring that are now the highlight of Valentine’s Day in many nations.” –Treasury of Daily Prayer, pg. 1209
Lord God, you send us out into the world to share the Good News. You send us out as Valentines bringing encouragement and Words of Life to those who are living in darkness. Thank you for granting us everlasting encouragement and life through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior–our true Valentine. We praise your Holy Name! Amen.