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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Divine love and history

Those who follow the historic lectionary will note that, without any creativity on our part, the Epistle for Quinquagesima*, which falls this year on Sunday, February 14, is 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

*February 14, the Commemoration of St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr, is not commemorated this year.


Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

A minor correction, Father. St. Valentine is commemorated this year, precisely because his feast is not kept this year. "Commemoration" can mean several things, to be sure. But in traditional liturgical usage, it refers to the way in which a feast which is outranked by another observance gets honored anyway. So in the Mass, eg., the collect for the feast of St. Valentine would be included after the collect of Quinquagesima.

Fr. Timothy D. May said...

Indeed. Thank you for additional information to the original point made that Quinquagesima outranks the feast of St. Valentine. Ironically, with Quinquagesima, the Epistle of 1 Cor. 13:1-13 falls this year on February 14. And the collect for St. Valentine is not forgotten.